Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Geoff Dean is pleased to announce the graduation of the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy Class #2013-2. The graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California. The guest speaker for the graduation ceremony will be County Clerk and Recorder, Mark A. Lunn.

The recruits have completed 23 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities. The intense training and education prepares these officers for the responsibilities of serving their communities.

Please see below for the names of the graduating recruits and their respective agencies.

ACADEMY ROSTER
Basic Academy Class #2013-2
Graduating Recruits

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Adam Peter Aguilar
Kaya Kerim Boysan
Hayley Bracken
Erin Bruno
Patrick Cermenio Jr.
Jonathan K. Coleman
Daniel Joseph Gallinot
Andreas B. Hartman
James Michael Kitka
Nathan Langelier
Alma Romero
Justin E. Songer
Jamie L. Toney
Brian A. Zamore

SANTA BARBARA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Yumaira Melchor
Kyle Paul Rapp
Israel Santillan

SIMI VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Brandon Beau Krause
Brett Ryan

VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Richard Charles Barrios III
Alberto Castellanos
Diego Estrada
Anthony David Goldner
Nikole K. Gooden
K’Lynn Nicole Jackson
Raul A. Merino
Dorée Alexandra Milazzo
Jonathan Nungester
Laura Anne Sedillos
Kristin Nicole Taylor
Robert Gonzalez Thomas
Cory Woodward

Nature of Incident: Academy Class 2013-2 Graduation
Location: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California.
Date & Time: Friday, April 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center
Media Release Date: March 31, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Paul Higgason (805) 797-6407
Approved by: Captain Paul Higgason (805) 797-6407

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Thousand Oaks Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred inside the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel early Thursday morning. There were no injuries. No suspects have been arrested.

On March 27 at about 2:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Communication Center received several 9-1-1 calls from the hotel reporting shots being fired. Thousand Oaks patrol deputies quickly arrived at the scene and established a perimeter. Due to the nature of the call and occupancy at the location, additional resources and specialized units also responded.

Deputies restricted public access into the hotel while the investigation continued and a search of the building was conducted. At the end of the search, it was determined suspect(s) were no longer at the hotel and there was no threat or danger to employees and hotel guests.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Mike McConville at (805) 494-8219.

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).

Nature of Incident: Shooting Investigation at Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel
Report Number: 14-6837
Location: 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Date & Time: 3/27/14 @ 2:30 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department - Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: March 27 , 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Barbara Payton (805) 797-6438
Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Bill Ayub

 

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

While on patrol in the Santa Susana area of Simi Valley, Deputies John Eisenhard and Scott Horswill located fall victim Bill Coleman who had fallen almost 60 feet during a rock climbing accident. The deputies located Coleman’s unoccupied vehicle parked in Santa Susana Park. Suspicious of the unattended car, the deputies began to search the area and located the victim in serious condition after a fall at the bottom of a 60 foot rock face. Coleman stated he had been at the location for a “night time rock climb” and fell.

The deputies provided initial medical treatment to stabilize Coleman prior to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel’s’ arrival. He was later transported to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. EMS personnel on scene advised the deputies that Coleman could have succumbed to his multiple injuries without their intervention, medical stabilization and treatment.

Santa Susana Park, Simi Valley, California
March 26, 2014 @ 10:00 PM
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Moorpark Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Bill Coleman Simi Valley 37
Sr. Dep. Beat Coordinator Bob Berger
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sr. Dep. Beat Coordinator Bob Berger (805) 299-1405
Stephen Wade, Captain

 


 
Additional Seasonal Firefighters Hired From Sacramento Foothills to LA Basin

Sacramento, CA – Despite recent rainfall, CAL FIRE continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, CAL FIRE will begin hiring additional seasonal firefighters in Central California, the Bay Area region and the Sacramento foothills.

“Even with rain in March, our fire activity has remained 200 percent more over average statewide,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “The rain has been great, but it has not been enough to make up for our dry winter and California’s drought.

Monday's move includes the hiring of additional seasonal firefighters and the opening of many remote seasonal fire stations. The staffing increase comes after several months of CAL FIRE staffing equipment with permanent and seasonal firefighters several months earlier than normal. The increase includes CAL FIRE’s move to peak staffing levels in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

“This week’s rainfall has stayed relatively in the North, but the medium and heavy brush and timber along the Central Coast and Southern end of the state remain critically dry,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE assistant southern region chief. “A recent fire in Monterey County charred 400 acres with extreme intensity, despite the humidity being above 80 percent.”

Between January 1 and March 22, CAL FIRE has responded to over 800 wildfires that have charred nearly 2,300 acres. In an average year for the same time period, CAL FIRE would typically respond to under 275 wildfires for approximately 1,000 acres.

CAL FIRE continues to ask homeowners to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space. For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Visit Drought.ca.gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought, and for more water conservation ideas, visit SaveOurH2O.org.

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 3-29-14 at approixmately 1258 hours, Officers from the Santa Paula Police Department responded to the 1200 block of High St. regarding a call of an Assualt with a Deadly Weapon. Once Officers arrived they discovered the victim, Norma Elizalde, 39 years of Santa Paula, had sustained a gun shot wound ot her neck. Officers began CPR until EMS arrived on scene.

Officers learned that the incident began when two subjects were involved in a physical altercation with two other subjects who were passing by in a dark colored sedan. During the incident the unidentified subject fired several rounds from a handgun. One of the rounds entered the victims residence and struck her while she was in a carport area.

Several local residences were checked by members of the Santa Paula Police Department regarding sightings of possible suspects, however none were located. This case is currently under investigation by the Santa Paula Police Department Detectives Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Paual Police Department at 525-4474 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers.

Nature of Incident: Homicide
Report Number(s): SG1400532
Location(s): 1200 block High St.
Dates & Times: 3-29-14 / 1300 hours
Unit Responsible: Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims City of Residence Age
Norma Elizalde
Santa Paula
39
Officer Preparing Press Release: Sgt. Scott Varner #1022
Press Release Date: 3-30-14
Follow-Up Contact: Lt. Cordero
Approved by: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

This morning, at approximately 5:05 AM, a vehicle traveling southbound on Westlake Boulevard left the roadway and struck a tree in the center median. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity will not be provided until notification of next of kin.

At this time, the cause of the collision is unknown, however speed is a potential factor. The collision is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau. Anyone who may have information concerning the accident is asked to call the Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would also like to remind our citizens to drive carefully, and abide by the rules of the road. Please arrive home safely.

Nature of Incident: Fatal Collision – Solo Vehicle into a Tree
Report Number: RB# 14-7116
Location: Westlake Boulevard North of Skelton Canyon Circle
Date & Time: March 30, 2014 5:05 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Male Adult 20
Prepared by: Sgt. B. Payton
805-494-8246
Media Release Date: March 30, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mike Berg
805.494.8271
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Thousand Oaks Police Department detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred inside the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel early Thursday morning. There were no injuries. No suspects have been arrested.

On March 27 at about 2:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Communication Center received several 9-1-1 calls from the hotel reporting shots being fired. Thousand Oaks patrol deputies quickly arrived at the scene and established a perimeter. Due to the nature of the call and occupancy at the location, additional resources and specialized units also responded.

Deputies restricted public access into the hotel while the investigation continued and a search of the building was conducted. At the end of the search, it was determined suspect(s) were no longer at the hotel and there was no threat or danger to employees and hotel guests.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Detective Mike McConville at (805) 494-8219.

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).

Nature of Incident: Shooting Investigation at Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel
Report Number: 14-6837
Location: 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Date & Time: 3/27/14 @ 2:30 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department - Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: March 27 , 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Barbara Payton (805) 797-6438
Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Bill Ayub

 

FRESNO, CA – Agents from a California Department of Justice task force joined with California Highway Patrol and federal investigators Thursday night to seize 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during the execution of a search warrant at a Madera home. The seizure is one of the largest methamphetamine caches uncovered in the Central Valley.

“Methamphetamine is a very serious threat to California’s public health and safety, and is frequently trafficked by transnational criminal organizations,” Attorney General Harris said. “This seizure highlights the importance of strong collaboration between the California Department of Justice and local, state and federal partners to dismantle these organizations and keep our communities safe.”

Thursday night’s seizure came just hours after Attorney General Harris issued the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California and the threats they pose to the state’s public safety and economy. The report estimates that Mexican organized crime groups smuggle an estimated 70 percent of the foreign-produced U.S. supply of methamphetamine through California’s border crossings. View the report here: https://oag.ca.gov/transnational-organized-crime.

Preliminary evidence indicates the methamphetamine in the residence was likely smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico in liquid form, then converted into its crystalized form at the Madera residence for subsequent distribution.

Agents discovered the methamphetamine, much of it in crystalized form, scattered throughout multiple rooms in the Madera residence. They also found a lab used to convert liquid methamphetamine into its crystalized form. While initial estimates place the value of the seized methamphetamine at approximately $750,000, authorities say it could exceed $1 million, pending final laboratory tests to determine its purity.

In addition to the drugs, investigators also seized other evidence at the scene, including $58,000 in cash. The residence was vacant at the time of the search and no arrests were made overnight. However, authorities emphasize the investigation is continuing.

The ongoing probe is being conducted by the Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (CVMIT) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with substantial assistance provided by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Other agencies participating on the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative (HIDTA) include the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Fresno Sheriffs Department, Madera and Tulare counties; the Fresno and Madera Police Departments; and the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“There’s no question this seizure has dealt a significant blow to the criminal organization behind this operation,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge of HSI San Francisco, which oversees the agency’s enforcement activities in the Central Valley. “Methamphetamine is a powerful drug that devastates entire communities. By keeping this dangerous contraband from reaching our streets reaching our streets, we’ve potentially saved untold lives.”

Thursday’s search warrant was the result of intelligence information provided by the CHP.

“This case is a prime example of the ongoing collaborative efforts between local, state and federal authorities to combat the illicit flow of narcotics through our communities,” said Jason Daughrity, CHP canine unit sergeant.

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 3-22-14 at approximately 1144 hours, Officers responded to 975 W. Telegraph Rd. regarding a call of a disturbance. The reporting party had reported a male subject, found to be Esiguio Robledo, 50 years of Santa Paula, was armed with a large stick, found to be a shalalie irish stick, indicating people were trying to kill him. A separate reporting party called moments later indicating the subject entered her residence, was breaking windows, and asking her for firearms. Moments later the subject was contacted by a Santa Paula Police Officer. The subject entered the officers vehicle and was speaking illogically. Due to the subject being in possession of a weapon and in close proximity to the vehicles weapons, the subject was tased. The initial tasing was ineffective and the subject made his way towards a group of bystanders in the area. Concerned for their safety and that of the officer, the subject was subsequently tased a second time. Additional officers eventually arrived and the subject was taken into custody without further incident. The subject was charged with 245C PC, Assualt with a deadly weapon against a peace officer; 22210 PC, possession of a prohibited weapon; 459 PC, Burglary; 594 PC, vandalism; and 148(A)(1) PC, resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. No civilians or officers were injured during this incident. Robledo was housed at the Ventura County Main Jail.

Nature of Incident: Disturbance arrest
Report Number(s): SG1400489
Location(s): 975 W. Telegraph Rd.
Dates & Times: 3-22-14 / 1144 hours
Unit Responsible: Patrol
Officer Preparing Press Release: Sgt. Scott Varner #1022
Press Release Date: 3-22-14
Follow-Up Contact: Watch Commander
Approved by: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 3/18/14, members of the Thousand Oaks Police Investigations and Special Enforcement Units arrested 2 subjects for numerous felony counts related to identity theft, burglary and thefts from vehicles. A third female who was staying with the two suspects was also arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and possession of methamphetamine.

Over the past month and a half, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake had a sharp increase in vehicle burglaries. Numerous victims had their personal information and credit cards stolen. The suspects then used that information to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases at retail stores throughout the county.

After a month long investigation into the crime spree, investigators and members of the Directed Enforcement Bureau Bike Team were able to identify the suspects involved. They were Michael Rodriguez (age 44) and Nastaza Schmidt (age 25).

On 3/19/14, members of the Thousand Oaks Police Investigations and Special Enforcement Units located the suspects at a motel in Newbury Park. The suspects were found to be in possession of several pieces of evidence related to vehicle burglaries they committed in Agoura Hills just hours prior to the arrests. Additional evidence related to previous burglaries as well as methamphetamine were also located in their motel room.

Investigators believe these suspects are responsible for more than thirty (30) vehicle burglaries and thefts from vehicles in the city of Thousand Oaks alone. The Thousand Oaks Police Department is working closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other neighboring agencies to link these suspects to other crimes in the area.

Burglaries of vehicles and thefts from unlocked cars continue to be a popular way to gain access to people’s personal information. The identity theft crimes associated with these burglaries are frequently committed before people even realize they are victims. Thousand Oaks Police want to remind the public how important it is to avoid leaving valuables in your vehicles and to make sure you lock your doors.

Nature of Incident: Arrests of Burglary and Identity Theft Suspects
Report Number: 14-3702
Location: Newbury Park
Date & Time: 3/18/14 0630
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Investigations / Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: 3/20/14
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

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).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During the beginning of March 2014, members of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a series of search warrants and probation searches in various areas of Ventura County. During the searches, 3 handguns were recovered, which were found to be in possession of different gang members within the county.

On March 5th, 2014, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit served a warrant in the 100 block of Benicia Way in Oxnard. During the warrant, a known member of a criminal street gang, (S) Rolando Gallardo, was found to be in possession of a firearm and methamphetamine for sales. He was arrested for various drug and weapons charges. He is currently out of custody pending the investigation.

On March 12th, 2014, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a probation search in the 200 block of Palm Street in Fillmore. During the probation search, a warrant suspect, (S) Joseph Lopez, was found to be hiding inside the residence. Joseph Lopez is a known member of a criminal street gang and a convicted felon. He was found to be in possession of a controlled substance while armed with a handgun. He was arrested for the warrant, and a variety of drug and weapons charges.

On March 13th, 2014, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a probation search in the 400 block of Stroube Street, which is located in the unincorporated area of Oxnard, known as El Rio. During the probation search, a known documented member of a criminal street gang, (S) Timothy Medina, was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. At the time, Medina was out on bail pending a court case for a gang-related robbery. Medina was arrested for the loaded gun and is currently in custody with $750,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Illegal Firearm Activities within Ventura County
Report Number: 14-5074, 14-5660, 14-5736
Location: County of Ventura
Date & Time: March 5th through March 13th, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
Prepared by: Detective J. Foote #4423
Media Release Date: March 15th, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sheriff’s Gang Unit @ (805) 654-2856
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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).

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the seizure of over 400 firearms and the arrest of two individuals who allegedly trafficked illegal firearms.

“California has laws that regulate the sales and purchase of firearms. These individuals broke the law by illegaly selling firearms for personal profit,” Attorney General Harris said. “The trafficking of firearms is a serious threat to public safety, and they will face serious consequences.”

Suspects Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale (Kern County), and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley (Riverside County) were arrested and taken into custody yesterday and booked into San Bernardino County Jail on charges of sale of an assault weapon, sale of a large capacity magazine and sale to a prohibited person. Seal remains in custody on $50,000 bail while Stoffel made bail this morning.

On Tuesday, March 11, agents with the California Department of Justice executed three search warrants at three locations at 13483 Cronese Rd., Apple Valley, 329 Beardsley Ave., Oildale, and 309 Beardsley Ave., Oildale.

The search of the three locations resulted in the seizure of over 350 firearms (handguns, rifles and assault weapons), two WWII-era grenades and one mortar round. At the time of the arrests the suspects were also in possession of an additional 50 firearms.

The arrests and seizures are the result of a investigation conducted by the California Attorney General’s Office that began in early 2014. According to investigative documents, Seal was an official vendor selling firearms at California gun shows and Stoffel was a co-conspirator during Seal’s attempts to complete firearms transactions at gun shows without going through a licensed firearms dealer, as required under state law. These transactions included assault weapons, which are banned in California. Over the course of the investigation, Seal and Stoffel illegally sold multiple firearms, including banned assault weapons, to undercover agents with the California Department of Justice.

The California Department of Justice was assisted in this operation by the California Highway Patrol and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 03/11/14, Santa Paula Animal Control was dispatched to a call of 4 to 5 dogs being mauled in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of N.14th Street. Upon arrival, there was an obvious sounds of what appeared to be a dog fight to the rear of a residence. Santa Paula Animal Control Officer separated the dogs and requested the assistance of Santa Paula Police Officers. Several dogs were found injured to the rear of the residence. With the assistance of the Ventura County Animal Control and the Humane Society, a total of 16 dogs were removed from the property.

Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Nature of Incident:
Animal Cruelty
Report Number(s):
SG1400401
Location(s):
500 N. 14th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Dates & Times:
03/11/14 @ 0902 Hours
Unit Responsible:
Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Chief Steven McLean #1001
Press Release Date:
03/11/14
Follow-Up Contact:
Officer Rothermel #1111
Approved by:
Sgt. Ken Clark #1070

 
The SPPD is asking for the publics assistance in solving this crime
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 0234 hrs, Officers from the SPPD responded to a burglary alarm at 431 Ojai Rd. #C, The Medicine Shoppe. Upon arrival Officers observed that the glass in the entry door to the business was shattered. Officers made entry into the business and found no suspect inside. An unknown amount of prescription medication was taken from the business by the suspect who appeared to be alone. Officers reviewed the video surveillance however, at the time, were unable to identify the suspect. The suspect is only described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves. It appeared the suspect was wearing some sort of a mask to conceal his/her face.

The SPPD is asking for the publics assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with information is urged to contact the SPPD.

Nature of Incident:
Commercial Burglary
Report Number(s):
SG1400396
Location(s):
431 Ojai Road #C
Dates & Times:
March 10, 2014 0234 hrs
Unit Responsible:
Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
The Medicine Shoppe
Santa Paula
N/A

Officer Preparing Press Release:
Sgt. Jeremy Watson #1025
Press Release Date:
March 10, 2014
Follow-Up Contact:
SPPD Investigations
Approved by:
Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A female jail inmate punched a female sheriff’s deputy in the neck Sunday while being booked for vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance at the Pre-Trial Detention Facilty in Ventura. The deputy immediately restrained the inmate to control her until she was handcuffed.

Natalie Cota, an Oxnard resident, was charged with battery on a peace officer and remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.

George Rustali, of Newbury Park, was brought to the jail for resisting an executive officer, resisting or delaying a peace officer, brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of tear gas, and battery. He was very intoxicated and combative with deputies when he arrived at the jail. He spit in the face of one of the booking deputies and was restrained. Deputies placed Rustali in a padded cell for observation, due to his level of intoxication and his erratic behavior.

Rustali remains in custody in lieu of $75,000.

Larry Zapata had completed the booking process early Sunday morning and was about to be moved to one of the housing units in the jail. Prior to being assigned housing, inmates are thoroughly searched to ensure they are not smuggling any drugs or weapons into the housing areas of the jail. It was during that search that Zapata was caught with 4.6 grams of heroin in his possession. Zapata had been brought to jail for several misdemeanor warrants. He is now facing a felony charge of possessing a controlled substance in a jail facility.

Zapata remains in custody in lieu of $41,500.

Sunday’s activities are not unusual in a jail facility, but they illustrate the hazards deputies and jail staff members face every day.

Nature of Incident: A Day at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Location: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca. 93009
Date & Time: Mar. 2, 2014 from 2:00 am to 3:00 pm
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Detention Services Division
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Mar. 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Commander Rick Barrios

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On the above date and time Officer Pickett had just arrived at the AM/PM gas station to buy a drink when he observed a 16 year old male juvenile coming out of the front door in a rush. The juvenile had a 18 pack of beer in each hand with the gas station attendant behind him chasing him. Officer Pickett realized this as a theft in progress and chased the juvenile to a waiting vehicle parked on Felkins Road that was being driven by suspect Jose Hernandez. Hernandez put the vehicle into drive in an attempt to flee however once he observed Officer Pickett he put the vehicle back into park. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Based on the location of Hernandez's vehicle it was apparent this was a planned effort to steal beer. Both suspects were arrested for commercial burglary and conspiracy.

Hernandez was transported to the Ventura County Main Jail and the juvenile was transported to Juvenile Hall.

Nature of Incident:
Theft of Beer Occurs in Front of Officer
Report Number(s):
SG1400344
Location(s):
AM/PM Gas Station, 811 W. Harvard Blvd.
Dates & Times:
March 3, 2014 at 2053 hrs.
Press Release Date:
3/04/2014

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Approximately 100 homeless people needed to be moved Friday from the National Guard Armory in Ventura to the Ventura Mission Church, which is two miles away. The armory was being used as a homeless shelter, but there was an event planned at the facility, and an alternate shelter needed to be set up at the church across town.

The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services learned there was no plan to transport people from one shelter to another and they were being told to walk the two miles to the church in the height of the rain storm.

A phone call to Roadrunner Shuttle changed all that. The company offered their services for free and transported all of the homeless people from the armory to the church. This is another example of public and private agencies working together to solve problems in the community.

Roadrunner Shuttle has provided similar emergency transportation services before. During the Springs Fire, the company sent a fleet of buses to evacuate an entire camp of children along PCH as the fire was approaching the area.

Nature of Incident: Transportation Service Moves Homeless During Storm
Location: 2765 Eva Street, Ventura, Ca.
Date & Time: Feb. 28, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services / Roadrunner Shuttle
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Mar. 3, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Kevin McGowan, OES Director

 

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the State of California, urging the court to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego.

In its February 13, 2014 Peruta decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that San Diego County violates the Second Amendment by requiring individuals to show “good cause,” beyond a mere desire to carry a gun, when applying for a concealed-carry weapons permit.

“Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon," Attorney General Harris said. "I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement's authority to protect public safety, and so today am calling on the court to review and reverse its decision."

California state law currently requires individuals to show "good cause" to carry a concealed weapon, but gives local law enforcement control over the permit process. If the Ninth Circuit’s ruling is allowed to take effect, officials throughout the State could be required to issue concealed-carry permits to individuals based on nothing more than the applicant’s assertion that they wish to carry a gun for self-defense.

In San Diego County, concealed-carry permit applicants have, until now, been required to show “good cause” by demonstrating “a set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes him or her to be placed in harm’s way.”

On February 21, 2014 San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced he would not seek further review of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

The copy of the filings is attached to the electronic version of this release at: https://oag.ca.gov/news

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

An extensive search for two home burglary suspects ended late last night with their capture along Santa Rosa Road between Camarillo and Moorpark.

An off-duty deputy spotted the men hitchhiking along the shoulder of the road just before 10:00 pm. Deputies from Camarillo and Moorpark converged on the pair and arrested them after they were identified as the suspects from a residential burglary that occurred earlier Thursday at a home in Camarillo.

Deputies had been called to a home on Old Ranch Road Thursday morning to investigate a possible burglary in progress. When deputies arrived, the two suspects fled the scene in a silver sedan. Deputies pursued the vehicle east on Santa Rosa Road until it collided with a light pole and the two men ran into the nearby community of Leisure Village. The men evaded deputies for several hours by hiding in the open space south of Leisure Village.

Investigators found stolen property from the burglary inside the silver sedan.

The search involved patrol deputies, investigators, a helicopter, and two K-9 units.

Both suspects were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for First Degree Residential Burglary and Resisting or Delaying a Peace Officer. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Their bail is $50,000.

Nature of Incident: Two Men Arrested for Residential Burglary
Report Number: 14-4592
Location: 2000-block of Old Ranch Road, Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:14 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Camarillo Investigations Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2013 Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) crime statistics for Part 1 Crimes.

The data represent information collected from the unincorporated areas and the five contract cities where the Sheriff’s Office provides police services. Those cities are Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai.

Overall, reported crime is down 6% throughout the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. A few areas, such as Moorpark and Camarillo showed an increase in reported crimes in 2013 over 2012. Most of the increases were due to spikes in property crimes, such as burglary and theft. Many of those crimes were thefts or burglaries from vehicles that were either unlocked or had valuables left in plain view. These crimes of opportunity can be prevented by removing valuable property from vehicles and locking them when leaving them unattended.

The full report can be viewed via the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/vcsheriffcrimestats2012-2013

Part of our success as a law enforcement agency is due to our partnerships with the communities we serve. We encourage people to actively report suspicious and/or criminal activity immediately by calling 9-1-1. Non-emergency reports can be made through our Sheriff’s Communication Center by calling (805)654-9511.

Nature of Incident: Sheriff Releases 2013 Crime Statistics
Location: Countywide
Date & Time: Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Crime Analysis Unit
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Feb. 27, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Cmdr. Steve DeCesari