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July 29, 2015

Gang member with five active warrants leads SPPD on separate foot pursuits

A known gang member with five active warrants who led Santa Paula Police on separate foot pursuits was captured Thursday after he attempted to get away jumping from roof and roof before hiding in a trash can.

Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a woman allegedly took a test drive of a vehicle from a Santa Paula car lot, picked up two others nearby and after driving around a while let the salesman go after threatening him.

An increase in vehicle burglaries has prompted a warning from Santa Paula Police Chief Steve McLean for citizens to be aware that they could be next.

Santa Paula Police Department Explorer Shirley Herrera was Friday’s Cruise Nite winner for the Hands-Only CPR gift certificate to La Cabana Restaurant. 

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Shown joining Jan Marholin, second from right, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, and some of the kids who enjoy its facilities, are, l to r., Armani Amezcua, YPN Chair, with ERA Cusick Realty; Shelby Bishop, Affiliates Committee Co-Chair, with MortgageCouch; B.J. Ward, VCCAR President, with Comfort Realty; Salena Maloney-Bracamontes, with State Farm, and Patty Estrada with First American Title.

Three parks in Santa Paula and two others in the county will receive $1.2 million in sprucing up money from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

On Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 2:15 pm, a fatal collision occurred on eastbound SR-126, west of Wells Road involving two vehicles.

Although the reported number of homeless has declined in recent years, the crime rate among those without a home to call their own is becoming a problem according to Police Chief Steve McLean.

Boy Scout Troop 309 conducted a Fourth of July flag raising ceremony at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 604 Ojai Road. Scoutmaster Guy Mansfield said the patriotic ceremony included retiring the old flag, which means proper destruction of the old flag and then ceremoniously raising a new one. After the brief outdoor flag ceremony a pancake breakfast was served to all in attendance.Patriotic neighbors and members of the local community were all invited to enjoy a safe and friendly celebration of our nation’s 239th birthday by joining with Boy Scout Troop 309 as they demonstrated respect for our nation’s flag. Above left to right raising the flag are Guy Mansfield (Committee Chair), Garrett Medley (Star Scout Troop #309), and Chuck LaPoint (Scoutmaster Troop #309)

Santa Paula Police arrested a known gang member Friday for allegedly stabbing his brother during an early morning family dispute. The arrest resulted from an anonymous tip that the suspect was hiding in a trash dumpster not far from where the incident occurred.

Santa Paula Police made an arrest Saturday after an early morning shooting left five men wounded…and the man taken into custody was one of those injured in the melee that occurred during a party bus drop-off.

Santa Paula’s Independence Day/4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lived up to its name with an air show that brought families out to jam favorite viewing spots, a huge crowd to Harding Park — a.k.a. pyrotechnics ground zero — and to scores of celebrants to private parties Saturday evening.

Two Oxnard gang members were arrested on various charges late on the 4th of July when they allegedly fired off a shotgun in Santa Paula.

If you take pride in your business shoppers will be proud to come inside your store, and America in Bloom (AIB) and the Santa Paula Downtown Merchants Association (DTMA) have joined together to reward businesses that add to the attractiveness of the city’s historic business district.

A small brush fire drew a large response of firefighters that kept it away from tinder dry brush in the Santa Clara River bottom Sunday.

Six area teens with an interest in medicine set sail on Dr. Sam’s SHIP, (Summer Health Internship Program) the Ventura County Public Health intern program sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation.

“The first casualty of war is truth.”

Edison International continues its partnership with the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation (SPPFF) with a $1,500 grant to help support the foundation’s Community Public Safety Awareness and Preparedness Project. This funding will be used with other donations to buy equipment for the Santa Paula Police Department and Santa Paula Fire Department, as well as to assist Police and Fire with materials for community outreach and education programming. 

Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water screened at the Universalist Unitarian Church where each month the Social Concerns Action Committee invites the public to watch and then discuss a film. The documentary focuses on the human right to have clean water.

There will be free rides for the 4th of July festivities in the Santa Clara River Valley thanks to Valley Express that will offer special bus services Saturday in addition to its regular routes.

With the summer hiatus for the City Council members of the panel addressed a few issues at the special meeting held June 22 ranging from the upcoming SOAR vote to the number of public safety responders on disability leave.

Blanchard Community Library launched its 2015 summer reading program, Read to the Rhythm, with their annual visit from Ronald McDonald.

Santa Paula Fire was among the responders at an early morning fire at a vacant property in Fillmore, an incident that SPFD Chief Rick Araiza said points out the importance of mutual aid.

Three days and four all-free events are good to go this holiday weekend in Santa Paula where the fun never stops in everyone’s favorite historic hometown.

Santa Paula Fire Chief Rick Araiza has a message for those thinking about setting off fireworks this 4th of July holiday season: forget it!

The annual City of Santa Paula Community Services Summer Camp continues this week. The camp runs Monday - Thursday from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm at Barbara Webster School. Camp activities include: arts & crafts, games, sports, special events, and local excursions. The Santa Paula Elementary School District provides lunch to participants each day.

The city is hoping homeowners will respond to a new Public Works Department program, buying back polluting brine-discharging water softener units using $150,000 in wastewater enterprise funds.

The 4th of July is a favorite holiday celebration with ear-splitting explosions and bright lights of fireworks that thrill humans, but terrify dogs and cats.

Two longtime volunteers were thanked for their community service and dedication to Citizens Patrol at a recent dinner.

One of the most famous Beatles’ song is “Ticket to Ride” and if you want to experience the peace, love and rock and roll of the dawning of the age of Aquarius you’ll get your tickets now to Moonlight at the Ranch IX: Groovy 60s.

It’ll be love all night when Johnny & The Love Handles rock the Cruise Nite crowd Friday in historic Downtown Santa Paula.

From watching from hillsides and backyards to visiting Harding Park for a closer look, Saturday will be a night to light up the sky with a star spangled celebration America’s Independence with the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular!

The Hood River Valley Christian Church Youth Mission Group from Hood River, Oregon visited the City of Santa Paula the week of June 22, 2015.  While visiting, on Wednesday, morning June 24th  the group collaborated with the Santa Paula Community Services Department in re-staining the park benches along Green Street Alley and Main Street from 8th Street to Mill Street.  In addition, the group spent that afternoon volunteering at the Community Services Summer Camp program at Barbara Webester School.  Youth group members included Justin Crosswhite, Laurie Crosswhite, Scott Crosswhite, Carly Wyatt, Miles Wyatt, Jodi Wyatt, Lexy Duback and Eli Phelps. Pictured above are Laurie and Scott Crosswhite.

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