June 15, 2013
On Friday, June 14, 2013, at about 2:12 a.m., a fatal traffic collision involving a solo vehicle rollover occurred on Victoria Avenue south of Olivas Park Drive.
Jose Rodriguez, age 25, of Oxnard, was driving a 2008 Infinity G37 traveling southbound on Victoria Avenue south of Olivas Park Drive. Sergio Lemus-Martinez, age 26, of Oxnard was seated as a passenger in the right front seat and Esmeralda Bello, age 21, of Oxnard, was seated as a passenger in the right rear seat, All occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.
Rodriguez was driving southbound on Victoria Avenue at a high rate of speed and failed to properly negotiate a curve in the roadway allowing his vehicle to drift to the right and leave the roadway. Rodriquez's vehicle collided with a large bush, continued down a descending embankment, and overturned numerous times. The vehicle ultimately came to rest on its roof facing in a northerly direction. As a result of the collision Bello was partially ejected out the rear window of the vehicle causing her to sustain fatal injuries. Bello was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding emergency medical personnel. Rodriguez and Lemus-Martinez were transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs and was booked into the Ventura County Jail.
This collision remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this traffic collision is encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol at (805) 477-4174.
Thousand Oaks Police Department Citizen Academy
March 5, 2013
The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be offering a day time Citizen Academy class this Summer at the Thousand Oaks Police Station at 2101 East Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA. This 12 week course is designed to foster relationships between the residents of the Conejo Valley and local law enforcement. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about your local law enforcement agency, how they operate and what they do for our community.
The class is free of charge and is held in the Community Room every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon for 12 weeks. The sessions will begin on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 and conclude on September 11. The sessions are primarily conducted in a classroom setting at the station with experienced department staff ready to answer your questions. Field trips to the Jail in Ventura and the Sheriff’s Academy are also part of this wonderful program.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this special Summer-time session, please make reservation soon as classes fill up quickly. Due to the commitment of resources they need to have at least 25 individuals sign up for the class. For an application please go to www.toaks.org website. The downloadable application will be found in the police department section, under Citizen Academy. You must be 18 or older to apply.
June 15, 2013
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) are offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions. Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness. The Ventura Area CHP office has partnered with Ventura County Medical Center to offer multi-faceted perspective on safe teen driving.
Start Smart classes are free of charge. The next class will be on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the cafeteria conference room at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). The address for VCMC is 3291 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. For more details or to make a reservation for the class, please call Elena Gutierrez at (805) 652-5904.
June 5, 2013
On Monday, June 3, 2013 approximately 10:51 a.m., a Ford Ranger pick up truck traveling westbound on Lynn Road at East Kelley Road collided with an Acura Legend which was attempting to make a left turn from East Kelley Road onto eastbound Lynn Road. The collision occurred in the intersection causing major damage to both vehicles. The driver of the pickup truck, a male, 31, from Ventura, was transported to Los Robles Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. The driver of the Acura, a female, 86, from Thousand Oaks, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her identity is pending notification of the next of kin.
At this time, the cause of the collision is under investigation. The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call the Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271.
CHP Hit On Highway 101
June 5, 2013
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 1:57 p.m., a Ventura Area CHP officer contacted a male pedestrian who was illegally walking on the right shoulder of northbound US-101, north of Victoria Ave. The officer and the pedestrian were standing on the right shoulder in front of the patrol vehicle as a semi-truck approached traveling northbound in the number 3 lane. The semi-truck drifted onto the right shoulder and struck the rear of the patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle was pushed forward and struck the officer and pedestrian. The semi-truck continued northbound, collided with a guardrail then came to rest in a drainage ditch. The officer and pedestrian sustained moderate injuries and were transported to the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) by ambulance. The driver of the semi-truck was also transported to VCMC for treatment of minor injuries. The semi-truck was not loaded at the time of the collision. The number 2 and 3 lanes were initially closed due to the collision. The number 2 lane was eventually opened while number 3 lane remained closed as of 5:30 pm. The collision is still under investigation.
June 7, 2013
On Friday, June 7, 2013 at 5 a.m., deputies responded to a call of subjects breaking into vehicles in the 700 block of Mobil Avenue, in Camarillo. When deputies arrived in the area, they observed a male juvenile who immediately fled on foot. After a short search of the area, deputies located three subjects. The subjects were arrested and found to be in possession of a large quantity of stolen property.
Camarillo Detectives interviewed the suspects and learned they have been stealing property from unlocked vehicles or “car hopping” for several months. They admitted to opening at least 20 to 30 cars a night, throughout the city, over the last two months. Detectives are still trying to identify all of the victims. If you have been a victim of a theft from your vehicle and have not reported it to the police, please contact Detective Scott Norris (805)388-5120 or Detective Robert Shirk (805)388-5157.
Tyler Buchanon, 20, and Patrick Sturm, 18, were booked at the Ventura County Jail for burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. The male juvenile, 17, was cited for theft and released to a relative. All suspects are from Camarillo.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to remove any items of value from their vehicle and ensure the vehicles doors are locked. These crimes are examples of “crimes of opportunity” and could have possibly been prevented. More importantly, we would like to thank the public for reporting this crime and encourage others to call the police anytime they observe suspicious subjects.
Grand Theft Arrests
June 7, 2013
On Monday, June 3, 2013, about 9 a.m., a victim contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to report a trespass and theft of a large electric motor that had been placed in a trailer and taken from the premises without permission.
Deputies responded and began an investigation. They were provided with a suspect description and suspect vehicle information. They later learned the vehicle was owned by Shelby Ransom, 42, of Ojai. With the assistance of Headquarters patrol and Ojai Station Detectives, Ransom was located at a local scrap yard in the 2900 block of N. Ventura Avenue, in possession of the stolen property. Hannah Casey, 23, of Ojai, was located with Ransom. Additionally, Ransom and Casey had outstanding felony warrants.
During the investigation, the rightful owner of the motor was identified, contacted, and requested prosecution for the theft. Ransom and Casey were arrested and booked for the felony grand theft. Ransom’s bail was set at $120,000 for the grand theft and warrants. Casey’s bail was set at $500,000 for the grand theft and warrants.