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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is providing a valuable resource to the community by setting up disposal bins for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to properly get rid of their expired or unused drugs.

The goal is to keep these products out of the hands of children. Many household pharmaceuticals are sold and traded among teenagers, who often help themselves to their parents’ medications. The consequences of medications getting into the wrong hands and being abused can be deadly.

Preventing a tragedy can be as simple as taking your unused or expired medications to any of our substations or headquarters and disposing of them properly. Dry medications should be placed in Ziploc bags, and liquid medications should be in sealed containers.

The following items can be accepted: prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, medications for pets, vitamins, medicated ointments/lotions, inhalers, or liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

The following items cannot be accepted: needles (sharps), controlled substances, medical waste, or IV bags.

The locations are:

Ojai Police Department: 402 S. Ventura St. Ojai, Ca.
Fillmore Police Department: 524 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, Ca.
Headquarters Station: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca.
Camarillo Police Department: 3701 Las Posas Rd. Camarillo, Ca.
Moorpark Police Department: 610 Spring Rd. Moorpark, Ca.
Thousand Oaks Police Department: 2101 E. Olsen Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca.

During the past four years, several tons of medications have been turned in for proper disposal at police stations throughout the county.

In addition to Saturday’s event, residents can dispose of their medications throughout the year during regular business hours at any of the sheriff substations and police stations in the county.

Nature of Incident: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Location: All Sheriff’s Substations
Date & Time: Apr. 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Apr. 24, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Dave Wareham

 


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

After receiving information of possible methamphetamine sales occurring at a residence in Santa Paula, detectives conducted an investigation resulting in the arrest of two suspects and seizing narcotics.

Narcotics investigators received information from multiple sources that Jose Campos and Chonita “Connie” Castillo were selling methamphetamine from their residence in the 1200 block of East Ventura St, Santa Paula. A subsequent investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for Campos, the residence and his vehicles.

On April 17, detectives observed Campos and Castillo drive away from their residence. They were detained and the search warrant was served. Campos was found to be in possession of in excess of $5000.00 cash and was also in possession of over one and one half ounces of methamphetamine. The search of the residence and vehicles revealed nearly one half ounce of heroin, another one quarter ounce of methamphetamine, and one half ounce of marijuana.

Campos was arrested for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for sale, transportation of those substances, and violation of parole. Castillo was also arrested for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine for sale.

Both were booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail. Campos’ bail was set at $250,000.00, Castillo’s bail was set at $75,000.00.

The West County Street Team is made up of Sheriff’s Office and Santa Paula Police Department narcotics detectives working cooperatively in the investigation of narcotics offenses occurring in the western portion of Ventura County.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrests
Report Number: 14-8777
Location: 1200 block E. Ventura St, Santa Paula
Date & Time: April 17, 2014. 1730 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team and the Santa Paula Police Department
Prepared by: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: April 18, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow
805-947-8129
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

 


 
Garza, Robert Frank, Newbury Park, 37
Garza, Robert Frank, Newbury Park, 37

On April 16, 2014, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received information that a Westlake High School softball coach named Robert Garza engaged in unlawful sexual activities with a 15 year-old female student athlete.

Investigators immediately followed-up on the report and conducted interviews. Detectives believe the incident occurred off-school grounds and while Westlake High School was on Spring break.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Robert Garza was arrested for a variety of sexual assault charges involving a minor. Garza was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. His bail was set at $100,000 and he will be arraigned on Monday, April 21 at 1:30pm.

Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Baarstad, and his staff is cooperating fully with the police investigation. The Superintendent will take appropriate actions based upon the legal proceedings.

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any further victims.

Nature of Incident: Westlake High School Softball Coach Arrested for Sexual Assault
Report Number: RB# 14-8669
Location: City Of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: April 17, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit
(A) Arrested, {V) Victim, City of Residence, Age
(A) Garza, Robert Frank, Newbury Park, 37
(V) Juvenile Female, 15
Prepared by: Captain Mike Hartmann
Media Release Date: April 18, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jason Robarts (805) 947-8108
Approved by: Commander Tim Hagel

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

On April 08, 2014, at approximately 1409 hours, a robbery occurred at JP Morgan Chase Bank located at 2300 East Ponderosa Drive in the city of Camarillo. On April 12, 2014, the suspect, 32 year old Colin Taylor Volpe, surrendered to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detectives in connection with the crime. After Las Vegas detectives conferred with Ventura County Sheriff’s Investigators, Volpe was held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on a charge of being a fugitive from another state.

Later that afternoon, Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes investigators interviewed Volpe and obtained his confession to the bank robbery. The confession, in conjunction with physical evidence in this case, resulted in the issuance of a warrant for Volpe’s arrest. Volpe waived extradition from Nevada and arrangements were made to transport him back to Ventura County.

On April 19, 2014, Volpe was transported from the Clark County Detention Center to the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he was booked for the robbery. Volpe’s bail was set at $100,000.00.

Nature of Incident: Update: Arrest of Suspect in the JP Morgan Chase Bank Robbery
Report Number: 14-7953
Location: Chase Bank @ 2300 East Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: April 8, 2014 @ 1409 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Special Services, Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V- JP Morgan Chase Bank
S- Colin Taylor Volpe, Transient, 32
Prepared by: Sergeant John J. Gleason
Media Release Date: 04/19/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John J. Gleason
(805) 384-4727

Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn
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 April 15th Fillmore Fire Department responded into County area to a reported grass fire on Goodenough Rd. and Burson Rd. Upon arrival Fillmore fire units quickly extinguished a 10x10 spot fire on the hillside. No structures were involved and no injuries to report.
On Tuesday April 15th Fillmore Fire Department responded into County area to a reported grass fire on Goodenough Rd. and Burson Rd. Upon arrival Fillmore fire units quickly extinguished a 10x10 spot fire on the hillside. No structures were involved and no injuries to report.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Saturday 4-12-14, members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County Probation, and California State Parole conducted multiple searches of residences of parolee and probationers in the Camarillo area. This operation was funded by a California state grant for supervising post-release and serious habitual offenders, due to state prison realignment.

Sheriff’s Deputies visited forty-five Camarillo area and Somis locations late Saturday afternoon and early evening. Of the probationers and parolees contacted, twelve were arrested for a variety of charges ranging from narcotics violations to felony arrest warrants. Deputies also located a quantity of stolen property during the searches.

Similar operations have been conducted in Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Ojai, and the Ventura/Oxnard unincorporated areas in recent months.

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Area Serious Habitual Offender Probation/Parole Searches
Report Number:
Location: 45 locations throughout the City of Camarillo and Unincorporated areas
Date & Time: 4-12-14
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail and Multiple Units of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County Probation and State Parole
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sgt. Steve Capuano
Media Release Date: 4-16-14
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Gunnar Dike (805-947-8317) gunnar.dike@ventura.org
Approved by: Capt. 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).

 
Police asking anyone with information to contact them
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On April 16, 2014, at about 11:15 AM, the female victim returned home and interrupted a residential burglary in progress. The female victim was battered by two suspects before they fled the residence. The suspects ran north towards Courtney Lane in the City of Moorpark.

Suspect #1 is described as a white male, 6’ 02” to 6’ 04”, between the ages of 25 and 35, wearing all black, with a dark colored beanie.

Suspect #2 is described as a white male, 5’ 10” to 6’ 00”, between the ages of 25 and 35. Wearing all black.

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time, witnessed anything suspicious, or with information that may help in identifying the suspects is urged to contact the Detective Tim Lanquist or Crime Stoppers (information listed below).

Nature of Incident: Residential Burglary
Report Number: 14-8660
Location: 4700 Block of Elderberry Avenue, Moorpark CA. 93021
Date & Time: April 16, 2014 / 11:35 am
Unit(s) Responsible: East County Major Crimes, Moorpark Patrol, and Moorpark Investigations
Prepared by: Detective Tim Lanquist
Media Release Date: April 16, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Tim Lanquist
805-494-8229
timothy.lanquist@ventura.org
Approved by: Stephen Wade, Captain

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

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

 

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.

Defendants Gerardo Campos-Cuin and CONTINUED »

 
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).

 
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