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July 25, 2014

SPPD: Hector Alamillo Jr found shot to death in Grant Line home

Santa Paula Police are in the early stages of an investigation of a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Grant Line.

An area man out on bail for one crime was taken into custody again at the Santa Paula Police Station - where he had gone to reclaim his towed car - about nine hours later for another crime and was put back in jail for suspicion of felony theft of a utility.

After two days of online outrage, the Santa Paula Police Reserve Officer behind a series of YouTube videos whose latest installment joked about running over bicyclists has resigned.

It was officially billed as “Kids Day at the Club” but adults enjoyed it too with STEM exhibits related to science, technology, engineering and math to fire every imagination.

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Last week VFW Post 2043 had their Installation of Officers for the 2014-2015 and was followed by a small reception where family was invited.  The following members were sworn in by Past Commander Bill Florio: Commander, Gerald Olivas; Quartermaster, Rey Frutos; John Campos, Surgeon; David Garcia, Judge Advocate; Carlos Lopez, Jr. Vice Commander; John Hurtado, Sr. Vice Commander; Gordon Welsh, 3rd Year Trustee; Herb Sturm, 1st Year Trustee.  Not pictured: Chaplin, Tim Santana and 2nd Year Trustee, Peter Solis.  The ceremony was held at the Limoneira Pavilion.

China is evolving and William “Bill” Irion and his company are there, working with government officials and businesses on crafting mutually beneficial relationships.

This will be the last year the Santa Paula High School FFA will be using the farm located behind the old Santa Paula Water Treatment Plant to raise animals for the Ventura County Fair. Currently 54 students have animals at the farm with the program being led by Alex Flores. Thursday evening the Santa Paula Unified School District Superintendent Alfonso Gamino and the School Board, Diana Ponce-Gomez, Christina Urias, Michelle Kolbeck, Chris Wilson and Kelsey Stewart toured the facility. The board was able to see how the animals are cared for and even met students that were on hand tending to their animal. Above left to right looking at a steer are Board Member Kelsey Stewart, Superintendent Alfonso Gamino and Alex Flores teacher and FFA advisor.

The filing period for three open seats on the City Council opened this week and two potential candidates already pulled papers while a third has announced he will run for the office.

Santa Paula Police arrested an area man early Monday on various charges related to tampering with a vehicle parked at a school.

With the official filing period opening this week for a variety of elected offices a former Santa Paulan won’t have to worry about a November runoff: Dan Totheroh won the June Primary with more than 50 percent to become an Inyo County Supervisor.

The Supermoon shined down tides of fun at Saturdays’ Hot Summer Jazz & Art that filled historic Main Street with a record crowd celebrating music, art, food and fun!

There’s a new restaurant in town that blends the unique flavors of Mexico with the art of homemade cooking. Freddie and Dora Morales opened Amigas Taqueria in downtown Santa Paula a few months ago. At Amigas Taqueria, it is all about the food and the atmosphere.

Perhaps it would be fitting to have a gorilla balloon at this weekend’s 7th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, at least if the marketing tactics used for this year’s high-flying event would warrant it.

Korean War Veterans Association-Ventura County Chapter #56 will remember those who lost their lives in the Korean War at a special ceremony Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park that also honors veterans who passed in the ensuing years.

Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ: BSRR), the holding company of Bank of the Sierra, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Santa Clara Valley Bank, N.A. (OTC: SCVE) of Santa Paula, California for aggregate cash consideration of $15.3 million.

 “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” theme is illustrated by county youth

(Story Updated Monday July 14, 2014 1:15 p.m.)

A longtime Santa Paula butcher, meat market owner and caterer known for his barbecue was honored by the Chamber of the Commerce at the July Good Morning Santa Paula!

Co-Owner Evie Kramer pauses for a minute with part of her crew at the newly opened Flt 126 Cafe at the Santa Paula Airport.   With Evie (L-R) are daughter Makemma, Emily Floyd, San Faris, Gloria Lucio and Adrian Berber.

As the outgoing President of Soroptimist International of Santa Paula, Heidi Juarez didn’t go far... in fact, she didn’t go anywhere other than right back to the highest office of the professional women’s organization.

Ahoy! Old Man Moonlight is going to welcome you aboard the adventure of a lifetime when you book passage to a “Polynesian Paradise!” for the 8th Annual Moonlight at the Ranch celebration, where you’ll “Get your Tiki on!” September 20 at Limoneira Ranch.

An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers about a Santa Paula market selling illegal prescription drugs imported from Mexico resulted in a five-month multi-agency investigation capped by 20 arrests, according to a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

The one-year anniversary of the murder of Joseph Arellano, gunned down June 28, 2013 in broad daylight on the front lawn of his grandmother’s vintage North 6th Street home, also marked a year that the suspect has escaped capture.

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