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April 22, 2014

Keshaun Mata has returned
from Make-A-Wish-sponsored trip

Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties recently granted Santa Paula High School freshman Keshaun Mata his wish to meet Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant.

Five Santa Paula Police recruits that graduated with high honors were introduced to the City Council and community at the April 7 meeting.

Another name will be added to the April 30 celebration of the Santa Paula Police K9s, but sadly in memoriam: Jack, the boisterous longtime K9 partner to Detective John Coffelt, has passed.

The Santa Paula Unified School District all District Band Concert was held Thursday, April 10 at Santa Paula High School Auditorium. District-Wide 5th Grade Advanced Band, Mrs. Kathy Thorne, Conductor, select 5th graders from all 6 Elementary school sites.

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100 students were inducted in the 400+ Club at Glen City.  The students earned the honor to be in this club by working hard and testing at an Advanced level on the California State Test

A Santa Paula transient was arrested last week by Santa Paula Police and Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators for alleged drug sales conducted in an East Harvard Boulevard retail parking lot.

A Santa Paula man who in recent weeks pled guilty to charges of committing lewd acts on a child filed a motion last week to withdraw his initial guilty plea and swap out his legal representative.

An online fundraiser, free reception, carwashes and more are how the Santa Paula community has rallied around the family of an area woman shot and killed last month by a stray bullet.

City staff was asked to scramble to prepare a report on a suggested 1 percent sales tax increase that would fund improvements to public safety and streets.

Accidentally applying the accelerator and not the brakes led to an accident April 1 when a Santa Paula man trying to park at Blanchard Community Library instead wound up in the courtyard of Santa Paula Inn. SPPD Sgt. Jeremy Watson said Sergio Medina, 19, told police he was attempting to park at the library, located at 119 N. 8th St., at about 12:12 p.m. but “hit the accelerator instead of the brake.” Medina’s 1998 Ford Explorer went through the fence into the courtyard of Santa Paula Inn, hit a pillar and finally a wall of the boutique hotel before the vehicle stopped. There were no injuries and no estimate of damages.

A Unity Walk to show support for the community and the families of two recently slain women will be held Thursday, a joint effort of the Santa Paula Police Officers Association and the Santa Paula Ministerial Association.

An acclaimed artist whose 58 portraits of residents are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County will be showing her portrait techniques when the Santa Paula Society of the Arts meets April 13.

A 28-year-old Santa Paula man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Tuesday evening after slamming into a block wall. According to SPPD Sgt. Jeremy Watson, Tomas Rendon was driving westbound “at a high rate of speed,” on West Santa Paula Street at about 9:07 p.m. April 8 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Steckel Drive. Rendon lost  control of his vehicle and collided with a brick wall located on  a residential property. Although he fled on foot Watson said Rendon was apprehended about a block from the collision scene and arrested without incident.

A Camarillo motorcyclist wound up with a broken leg Tuesday when he was struck in the intersection of Highway 126 and Hallock Drive by a van making a left turn in front of him.

“It’s with great regret that I announce the cancellation of the 2014 Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch due to actions taken by the University of California and the Hansen Trust Advisory Board,” said Santa Paula Rotary President Rick Araiza.  Approximately 20,000 people will be deprived of the historic Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch experience.

When fire struck a strip mall laundry mat Sunday night it also heavily damaged a popular pharmacy, but customers weren’t left without their medication when pizza delivery drivers started bringing their pills.

Santa Paula Police arrested a teenage boy Monday afternoon for the strong-arm street robbery of a female’s purse, but not before a string of wild events that started with the victim elbowing him in the stomach and ended with a fiery car crash.

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times There’s no place like home and at least one couple that will be occupying a Habitat for Humanity residence was on hand for Saturday’s groundbreaking and blessing of the Cemetery Road development.

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times The whole community is invited to put on the dog at a gala celebration of Santa Paula’s top canine cops at the 5th Annual SPPD K9 Spaghetti Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 30.

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times When asked by Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties volunteer Wish Granters about his most heartfelt wish, 15-year-old Keshaun Mata of Santa Paula said at the top of his list was to meet legendary player Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. 

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times Beating LAFCo to the punch of land planning and purchasing new vehicles are on Monday’s City Council agenda.

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times In a special session to meet at least one grant deadline the City Council-sans members Ralph Fernandez and Bob Gonzales, who were absent-unanimously agreed to spend about $200,000 in federal funds to expand Fire Station 82 and help fund an eight-unit Habitat for Humanity housing project. 

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