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Grandmother Sentenced to 180 Days Jail for Involvement in Granddaughter’s Death

Grandmother Sentenced to 180 Days Jail for Involvement in Granddaughter’s Death

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Maria De Jesus Lopez (DOB 2/13/74), of Oxnard, was sentenced to 180 days jail and 36 months formal probation by Judge Bruce Young. Ms. Lopez pled guilty last month to one felony count of conspiracy to destroy and conceal evidence. Ms. Lopez conspired with her […]

16 Year Old Hiker Found by Search and Rescue

16 Year Old Hiker Found by Search and Rescue

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release On 04/16/19, at approximately 6:28 PM, Ventura County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from a woman stating her friend was lost in Santa Paula Canyon while returning from the Punch Bowls. The “Punch Bowls” is a popular hiking trail located parallel with the Santa Paula Creek approximately […]

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Leroy Chad Tracy for Kidnapping

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Leroy Chad Tracy for Kidnapping

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that on April 19, 2019, a felony complaint was filed against Leroy Chad Tracy (DOB 6/3/80), of Santa Paula.  The complaint alleges that on May 20, 2013, Tracy kidnapped victim Jane Doe at knifepoint while she was jogging in Santa Paula.  Tracy is charged with the […]

National pet food brand partners with Ventura County Animal Services

National pet food brand partners with Ventura County Animal Services

To support local shelters and pet parents who adopt a dog the weekend of April 27th, Zignature will be gifting them with a Zignature Adoption Kit in conjunction with select local Southern California retailers (VALENCIA, Calif.)—April 17, 2019—With more than 1,600 dogs in Southern California shelters alone, Zignature, a premium dog food brand, is partnering […]

Los Angeles Man Arrested for Alleged Drug Sales

Los Angeles Man Arrested for Alleged Drug Sales

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release On April 16, 2019, Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Street Narcotics Team conducted a narcotics sales investigation into Dru Peebles of Los Angeles who was involved in the sales of narcotics to residents of Ventura County. On April 16, 2019, Narcotics Detectives conducted an […]

Ventura County Public Works Agency study to save millions by improving storm basin efficiency.

Ventura County Public Works Agency study to save millions by improving storm basin efficiency.

The detailed, innovative study conducted by the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) using Lean Six Sigma (LSS), a program for continuous process improvements, looked at the size and maintenance procedures for the flood control and sediment collection basins. When optimized correctly, VCPWA will effectively “right-size” the basins to the current design and protection standards […]

Chop Shop Operation Busted in the Lockwood Valley

Chop Shop Operation Busted in the Lockwood Valley

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release In February 2019, a Lockwood Valley Deputy arrested Paul Jenkins for possessing a stolen trailer in violation of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 10851(a). In March 2019, Lockwood Valley Deputies arrested Nicole Denton, Paul Jenkins wife, with an additional stolen trailer in Lockwood Valley. During that investigation, the […]

Fillmore Man Convicted of Molesting Multiple Children

Fillmore Man Convicted of Molesting Multiple Children

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Henry Mata (DOB 6/13/51), of Fillmore, was convicted of molesting four children under the age of 14.  Specifically, Mata was convicted of one count of oral copulation on a minor under age 10, one count of digital penetration on a child under age 10, seven […]

Woman Pleads Guilty to 2009 Murder

Woman Pleads Guilty to 2009 Murder

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Idee Lee Scholz (DOB 3/16/62), of Simi Valley, pled guilty to one count of second-degree murder for the killing of Janice Richardson of Simi Valley. During the early morning hours of January 23, 2009, Scholz and co-defendant Glenn Sires entered Ms. Richardson’s home to steal […]

Camarillo Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder for Killing Teen

Camarillo Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder for Killing Teen

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Tyler Ostertag (DOB 10/16/1994), of Camarillo, was found guilty of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Daniel Morales, of Camarillo, and dissuading a witness to the murder. Daniel was 16 years old when he was killed. The murder occurred on August 31, 2015. Daniel […]

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