FRESNO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of eleven individuals associated with a Central Valley-based narcotics trafficking organization and the seizure of over $200,000 in cash and drugs including over 50 lbs. of methamphetamine and nearly 1,000 marijuana plants.

"Transnational drug traffickers aren't troubled by the details of law enforcement jurisdictions or government borders, and neither should our enforcement efforts,” Attorney General Harris said. “My California Department of Justice Task Force worked closely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials throughout the Central Valley to dismantle the Magana organization. Our success shows the pressing need for more collaboration and funding to fight transnational drug trafficking in California.”

Defendants Jose Magana, Manuel Munoz and Juan Parra were arrested on March 4, 2014, defendant John DeWayne Young was arrested on November 10, 2013 and defendant Ana Valero was arrested on March 11, 2014, all in Tulare County. Defendants Erwin Alva, Rosemary Alvarez, Ernesto Carrillo and Christopher Pellegrin were arrested on March 4, 2014 in Riverside County. They are charged with thirteen felony counts including possession, transportation and sale of a controlled substance, prohibited possession of ammunition, and conspiracy. All are currently being held in Tulare County Jail and are being prosecuted by the Tulare County District Attorney. Alva, Alvarez, Carrillo, Munoz, Pellegrin and Valero are being held on $500,000 bail, Magana and Parra are being held without bail and Young is being held on $3 million bail.

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

On 4/4/2014, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit with the assistance of Ventura County Sheriff’s Headquarters Station Detectives, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Detail and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force served a search warrant in the 4900 block of Joan Way in the unincorporated community of Oxnard known as El Rio. Members of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit received information Luis Lomeli was living at the residence and operating a stolen vehicle “chop shop” at the location. Detectives had information Lomeli was possibly armed with a sawed-off rifle. Lomeli is currently on Ventura County Probation for narcotics charges, violation of the gang injunction, and resisting arrest. Lomeli’s probation terms make him prohibited from possessing any firearms.

During the search warrant, five firearms were located and confiscated. The firearms included two sawed-off .22 caliber rifles, two handguns, and one rifle. Detectives located the remnants of a dismantled Chevrolet truck which had been stolen previously out of the City of Oxnard and stolen license plates. A second truck with obvious indications of vehicle tampering was also found.

Because Lomeli was not at the location during the service of the search warrant, detectives would like to speak with him about the property. Anyone with information about the residence or the location of Luis Lomeli is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Gang Unit Detective Holt at (805) 797-7533.

Nature of Incident: Search Warrant
Report Number: 14-7614
Location: 4900 Block of Joan Way, Oxnard, El Rio area
Date & Time: 04-04-2014 / 1430 hrs.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Luis “Mosquito” Lomeli Oxnard 32
Prepared by: Deputy J. Holt
Media Release Date: 04-09-2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jeremy Paris (805) 654-3551
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

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).

 

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

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 3:40 PM, deputies arrested six women for a “flash mob” style burglary they committed at the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

On April 9, 2014, at approximately 3:25 PM, deputies responded to the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets for a burglary that had just occurred. Deputies learned that a group of six to eight female suspects entered the store with large shopping bags. The suspects quickly went through the store loading merchandise into the bags they brought in with them. One of the store clerks recognized the suspects from a previous burglary that occurred one to two months ago. During the previous burglary, one of the suspects threatened to shoot the clerks if they intervened. Based on that information, the clerks believed the suspects were still armed.

When the store employees tried to contact the suspects, the suspects fled the store with the merchandise, without paying for any of the items. The suspects were in the store for approximately 30 seconds. The employees were able to see the suspects get into a gold Chrysler mini-van. The suspects left the Outlet Mall parking lot toward the 101 freeway.

The deputies on scene were able to view the security video and put out a broadcast to the surrounding agencies with the suspects’ and vehicle descriptions.

Deputies working in the Thousand Oaks area located the van traveling southbound on highway 101 near the Hampshire Road off-ramp. Deputies conducted a “high risk” traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the six suspects. One of the store clerks was brought to the location of the traffic stop and identified all of the suspects as being the ones who stole the merchandise from the store. Deputies searched the van and located the “booster bags,” which contained the stolen property from the Tory Burch store. Deputies also located additional clothing items that were believed to have been stolen from several other stores. Detectives are following-up on the other potential victims.

All six suspects are from the San Francisco area, and were in a vehicle rented from San Francisco. Detectives believe these suspects have been going up and down the coast committing similar types of burglaries throughout the state.

The suspects were arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Their bail was set at $20,000.00.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Harold Orr at (805) 388-5119.

Nature of Incident: Flash Mob Burglary Suspects Arrested
Report Number: 140008064
Location: Camarillo Premium Outlets, Tory Burch
Date & Time: April 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Detectives, Camarillo Patrol & Thousand Oaks Patrol
Prepared by: Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: April 10, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Harold Orr @ (805) 388-5119
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

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).

 


 

During the evening hours of Wednesday, March 26th, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility (PTDF) public reception desk received multiple phone calls from a female caller demanding to speak to her boyfriend, who was in custody. The female caller, who was later identified as Krystal Lovas, stated during two separate phone calls that she had individuals outside the PTDF facility ready to blow up the building if her demands were not met.

In response to the threats, the entire jail facility was placed on lockdown and numerous deputies responded to search the perimeter for suspicious devices and/or persons. Multiple patrol resources were also tasked with checking locations related to Lovas.

The PTDF Classification Unit, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, investigated the incident. Lovas was located and taken into custody at a residence in the 4300 block of Terrace Avenue in the city of Oxnard several hours after the threats.

Lovas was arrested and booked on one felony count of P.C. 148.1(a)- False report of a bomb. Her bail was set at $40,000.

At the time of this incident, there were close to 1,000 individuals, both staff and inmates, located inside the PTDF. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office takes any threats towards the safety and well-being of jail staff and inmates seriously. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to investigating each incident and bringing those responsible to justice.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of PTDF bomb threat suspect
Report Number: 14-6829
Location: Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Date & Time: 03-26-14 / 2115 hrs.
Unit(s) Responsible: VCSO PTDF Classification Unit / Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Krystal Lovas Moorpark 31
Prepared by:
Sgt. Ron Chips
Media Release Date: 04-08-14
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

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).

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

A second arrest has been made in the Homicide of Norma Elizalde, who was tragically shot and killed by a stray bullet that was fired from outside her home by rival gang members who were involved in a physical altercation that led to the shooting. Arrested was Valente Tobias, 21 years, Santa Paula. During the course of this Homicide Investigation, it was found that Tobias was involved in the crime, evidence and information was found by Santa Paula Police Detectives that linked Tobias to the crime. Tobias is a known documented gang member from Santa Paula currently on parole. Tobias was arrested while incarcerated at Ventura County Jail on an unrelated matter. Tobias was booked for 187 PC, Homicide and 186.22(a) PC, Street Terrorism with bail set at $1,000.000.

Nature of Incident: Homicide Arrest
Report Number(s):
Location(s): Arrested @ Ventura County Jail
Dates & Times: 04-07-14, 1800 hours
Unit Responsible: Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims City of Residence Age
(S) Valente Tobias, Santa Paula, 21 years
Officer Preparing Press Release: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038
Press Release Date: 04-09-14
Follow-Up Contact: Detective A. Macias
Approved by: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 
The suspect was described as a white male, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, with longer brown hair, approximately 5’09” tall with a medium build and weighing approximately 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a light grey sweater that had dark grey arms and blue jeans.
The suspect was described as a white male, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, with longer brown hair, approximately 5’09” tall with a medium build and weighing approximately 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a light grey sweater that had dark grey arms and blue jeans.
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On April 8, 2014, at approximately 2:09 PM, a male suspect entered the Chase Bank located at 2300 East Ponderosa Drive in the city of Camarillo. The suspect handed a bank teller a note demanding money. The suspect also claimed to be in possession of a gun, although no weapons were seen. The bank teller complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect was last seen running northbound through the parking lot near Texas Cattle Company Restaurant.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, with longer brown hair, approximately 5’09” tall with a medium build and weighing approximately 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a light grey sweater that had dark grey arms and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact Detective M. Curtin at (805) 384-4728.

If you wish to remain anonymous, Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and criminal complaint against persons responsible for crimes such as this one. The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded. The number for Crime Stoppers is 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Bank Robbery
Report Number: 14-7953
Location: Chase Bank @ 2300 East Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, CA.
Date & Time: April 8, 2014 @ 2:09 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Special Services, Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V- Chase Bank
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Matthew Curtin
Media Release Date: 04/08/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Matthew Curtin
(805) 384-4728
Approved by: Captain Mark Franke

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

At the above date and time, Mark James Martinez was arrested for the Homicide of Norma Elizalde. Martinez was previously arrested for this Homicide on 04-01-1. He was later released from Ventura County Jail pending further investigation. On today's date at approximately 9:00AM, Martinez was arrested without incident as he was leaving his home. Today's arrest was a result of further information obtained during this investigation by Santa Paula Police Detectives assisted by the Ventura County District Attorney Investigators, linking Martinez to the crime. He was taken to Santa Paula Police Department where he was booked for 187 PC, Homicide. He was later transported and booked at the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $500.000.

Nature of Incident: Homicide Arrest
Report Number(s):
Location(s): 400 Blk. N. Palm Ave Santa Paula CA
Dates & Times: 04-07-14, 0900 hours
Unit Responsible: Investigations
Officer Preparing Press Release: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038
Press Release Date: 04-07-14
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Allen Macias
Approved by: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

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

On 3-8-2014, Peter Foy II was in custody at the Ventura County Jail Pre-Trial Detention Facility pending a sentence transfer to state prison. Foy was sentenced to state prison on 3-7-2014.

On 3-8-2014, a jail telephone call was monitored where Foy called Brandon Adams. Brandon Adams is Foy’s co-defendant from Foy’s first narcotic sales conviction in 2012. During this conversation, Foy told Adams he (Adams) would be contacted by a person Foy trusted and Adams should deal with the person. Unbeknownst to Foy, the person was actually an undercover police agent. Foy had earlier conspired with the undercover agent and told the agent to contact Adams to assist with the conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and credit card fraud.

The undercover agent met with Adams in the city of Simi Valley. Adams agreed to commit the insurance fraud and credit card fraud based on Foy’s referral. Adams then introduced Toncher to the undercover agent. Adams and Toncher subsequently solicited the undercover agent to kill two Simi Valley residents. Both intended murder victims were involved in Foy’s previous criminal convictions.

During multiple meetings between the three, Toncher agreed to financially support the killing of the Simi residents through the identity theft/fraud profits.

On 4-3-2014, Adams and Toncher were arrested for the above listed charges and were booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Their bail is currently set at $5 million each. Multiple search warrants were served and filed with the Ventura County Superior Court. Adams and Toncher are scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday, 4-7-2014. The investigation into Peter Foy II regarding his involvement in this investigation is on-going. All known potential murder victims were notified of the plot. Anyone with information concerning this matter is encouraged to contact Sergeant Robert Thomas at (805) 383-8710 or Ventura County Crime
Stoppers.

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).

Report Number: 14-5395
Location: City of Simi Valley
Date: 3-8-2014 through 4-3-2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff Special Services and Thousand Oaks Police Department Special
Enforcement Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Robert Thomas
Media Release Date: 4-4-2014
Follow-Up Contact: Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis (805) 947-8074
Approved by: Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement on the federal grand jury indictment of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) for criminal violations of the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968:

“Today’s indictment is an important step in providing justice for the individuals, families and community devastated by the 2010 pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno. As alleged in the indictment, PG&E knowingly and willfully failed to identify and evaluate threats to its transmission pipelines, including Line 132 underneath much of San Bruno. When allegedly faced with evidence of transmission line problems, PG&E knowingly and willfully chose not to assess and remediate them.

My office will continue our work with local and federal partners in prosecuting this matter in federal court and holding PG&E accountable for its alleged conduct."

On September 9, 2010, a portion of Line 132 in San Bruno exploded and resulted in a fire that killed eight people, injured 58 others, and damaged or destroyed numerous homes. The California Department of Justice has been conducting a criminal investigation related to the explosion in partnership with local authorities from the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office, the San Bruno Police Department, and the San Bruno Fire Department, as well as federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment against PG&E are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty.

You may view the full account of this posting, including possible attachments, in the News & Alerts section of our website at: http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-i...

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

A Thousand Oak man was arrested after being linked to several residential burglaries of senior citizen homes in a senior living community. The man, Michael South, was the security director for the senior living complex.

Over the last weekend of March (2014), Thousand Oaks Police investigators received information that Michael South was possibly in possession of stolen property from one of the residents at a senior living complex in Thousand Oaks. An investigation revealed that South, (director of security), was involved in numerous burglaries and thefts from residents of the complex. Due to South’s position at the complex, he had key access to the senior citizen homes.

A search warrant was done on South’s home, which resulted in investigators finding additional victims as well as their property. The types of property taken from residents were guns, jewelry, medication and other household items.

South was booked into the Ventura County Jail for numerous felony residential burglary charges, elder abuse and possession of stolen property.

Anyone who has information related to the case is asked to contact Detective Matt Theobald at (805) 371-8396

Nature of Incident: Arrest of security employee at senior living complex
Report Number: 14-7060
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 03/31/2014 1130
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Investigations Unit / Special Enforcement Unit
Suspect City of Residence Age
Michael Glen South Thousand Oaks 57
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts (805) 494-8214
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).

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On todays date at approximatley 0500 hours, Santa Paula Police Officers assisted by Ventura Police Officers, Port Hueneme Police Officers, Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies and the Ventura County District Attorney's Investigators executed three search warrants in relation to the homicide of Norma Elizalde that occurred on Saturday March 29th 2014 at approximatley 1300 hours. The purpose of the search warrants was to locate any evidence of the crime and also to arrest a named suspect. Arrested at his home without incident was Mark James Martinez 32 years, a resident of Santa Paula and a known documented gang member. During the course of this investigation, Santa Paula Police Detectives developed information that led to the identity and arrest of Martinez. The suspects vehicle in which Martinez and another undentified male fled the scene has also been located and seized as evidence. At this time, the investigation is continuing to ascertain the identity of any other suspects involved. Martinez was later transported and booked at Ventura County Jail.

Nature of Incident: Homicide Arrest
Report Number(s):
Location(s): 400 Blk. N. Palm
Dates & Times: April 04, 2014
Unit Responsible: Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, City of Residence, Age
(S) Mark James Martinez, Santa Paula, 32 Years
Officer Preparing Press Release: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038
Press Release Date: April 1, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Macias
Approved by: Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

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

Ventura County Sheriff’s Technical Communications Specialists Gloria Nieves and Jeff Mercer have been selected as the 2014 “Dispatcher of the Year” award co-recipients. They will be honored at the annual Dispatcher Awards Banquet in Ventura on April 10, 2014. Gloria and Jeff were selected by their peers and supervisors to receive this award, which is presented to the outstanding dispatcher for their exemplary work and contributions to public safety and the residents of Ventura County.

Gloria Nieves has been an employee with the Sheriff’s Office for over 35 years and Jeff Mercer has been with the department for over 29 years. During their time with the Sheriff’s Office, both Gloria and Jeff have become accomplished dispatchers and have established themselves as consummate team players. In addition to challenging and rapidly evolving situations in their primary assignments, they are also trainers for newly hired dispatchers.

Sheriff dispatchers answer, assess, and refer 9-1-1 calls, as well as business calls that come into the Sheriff’s Office. They are responsible for dispatching and coordinating patrol responses to calls for service and, at times, responsible for up to 70 patrol deputies in the field in Sheriff’s jurisdictions throughout Ventura County.

Dispatchers are among the first responders to emergency incidents and are often described as calm, professional, and proficient. Peers have noted that Gloria and Jeff are highly skilled due to their established experience and their outstanding critical communication skills. They are both exceptional in their everyday duties and play a big role in bringing substantial patrol incidents to safe and positive outcomes.

Congratulations to Gloria Nieves and Jeff Mercer as co-recipients of the 2014 Sheriff’s “Dispatcher of the Year” award.

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Sheriff’s “Dispatcher of the Year” Announced
Report Number: N/A
Location: Ventura County
Date: April 10, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Communications Center
Prepared by: Nate Scanlan, Supervising Technical Communications Specialist
Media Release Date: April 1, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Erin Brockus, Interim Communications Manager,
805-654-5158
Approved by: Erin Brockus, Interim Communications Manager

 
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

 
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.