Ashley Calanche: Jury finds Dominguez guilty of 2013 Mill Park murder

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January 25, 2015

Ashley Calanche: Jury finds Dominguez guilty of 2013 Mill Park murder

The woman who gunned down an aspiring Santa Paula photographer during a confrontation that stemmed from a Facebook argument between the victim and the shooter’s friend is now facing 40 years to life in prison.

A historic joint meeting will be held Monday, January 26 when the Santa Paula City Council and the Santa Paula Unified School District sit down for a session to cover items of mutual concern.

Santa Paula Fire has been able to use a church complex that is about to be demolished to stage exercises with other departments for coordinated training of firefighters that often work together.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Thursday for allegedly physically abusing his two young daughters in front of his pregnant wife.

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A Santa Paula teenager was arrested Friday as the suspect in a 2013 attempted murder that occurred on his 18th birthday - so if Alberto Perez is tried on the charges it will be as an adult.

There is a rare couples’ exhibit now on display at Blanchard Community Library where the works of artists Lynda Gruber and Bill Spicer, Santa Paula residents, have filled the Douglas Shively Memorial Wall with dozens of varied works.

A Santa Paula Police Officer with less than a year on the job has made such an impression that he was chosen Police Officer of the Quarter and honored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Valley Community Foursquare Church made Christmas bright for hundreds of Santa Paula families this December, with a fun evening of toys and joy. Pastor John Farmer, his wife Claudia Farmer and their church family presented the community with Christmas memories to last for years to come at their church on Santa Paula’s Main Street.

There were 22 murders in Ventura County in 2014, including three in Santa Paula, a number that was half from the six that occurred in the city the year before.

Santa Paula Police are looking for suspects in separate crimes that involved a stolen debit card and some Christmas Eve shoplifting and are hoping members of the public might recognize those “caught on tape” through surveillance cameras and help catch them for real.

The new Science/Technology buildings at Santa Paula High School, first expected to open last summer, have just now opened their doors for students.

With the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday celebrated Monday the City Council will meet Tuesday to consider municipal business including leases of city property to nonprofits and an update of the now dissolved Redevelopment Agency.

The close of the weekend inched Santa Paula closer to the entire rainfall experienced each rain year for the last two years, thanks to light but steady precipitation over the weekend.

A Santa Paula gang member was sentenced by a Ventura County Superior Court Judge to 16 years in prison on charges related to assault with a deadly weapon and street terrorism, less than the maximum sentence but more than the minimum.

Making a dream come true for a child with a life-threatening illness is more than indulging a wish... it could be the first step on the path to recovery. Santa Paula Rotarians learned at a recent meeting about the Tri-Counties Make-A-Wish Foundation from Elizabeth Arellano, developmental director, who told of the various ways people can help fulfill a sick child’s dream. 

Hundreds of truckloads of solidified material have been taken to a Los Angeles County landfill, the Ventura County Sheriff requested another extension of the declaration of emergency, the Incident Command Post - including the federal Environmental Protection Agency - was dismantled, Santa Paula still has three injured firefighters on medical leave and people throughout the region remain baffled as to just what happened at Santa Clara Waste Water.

Bank of the Sierra recently named David Azma as Market President for the Santa Paula, Fillmore and Santa Clarita branches. In his new position, Azma will supervise and direct the Operations Managers and branch lending officers, assess risk of all financial transactions executed by bank personnel, direct, coordinate, and monitor activities to implement institution policies, procedures and practices, and generate new business.

Known for the bumper sticker photos taken around the world and the pictures of thousands of celebrations where those having a birthday wore an oversized sombrero, Familia Diaz Restaurant will wind down business with a year-long celebration.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying people wanted for questioning in a series of commercial burglaries that primarily are targeting Apple computers and laptops.

If just might be farmers versus environmentalists churning rough waters for the steelhead trout when a representative of the National Marine Fisheries addresses board directors of the United Water Conservation District (UWCD) Wednesday. 

The City Council received an update on the transfer of the city’s solid waste contract from Crown Disposal Company to northern-California based waste hauler Recology at the January 5 meeting but the deal wasn’t sealed. 

The minor shaking took a day or so off then came back with a new swarm of micro-earthquakes over the weekend that followed two sizeable shakers that occurred January 3.

Even the most blasé of local onlookers used to the dazzling array of Fillmore & Western Railroad engines and cars was impressed, albeit on a smaller scale when dozens of members of Motor Car Operators West (MOW) pulled in at the Depot Saturday and Sunday.

The state Department of Finance estimates California grew by 335,000 people during the fiscal year that ended July 1, a 0.9 percent growth rate, and that there are now about 38.5 million Californians.

Santa Clara Waste Water is suing its insurer for $7 million to cover the costs associated with a series of chemical explosions and fires that started on the early morning of November 18 at the facility located west of Santa Paula.

After discussion the City Council agreed to reexamine translation services for regular council meetings, but expressed their wish to definitely provide such services for special sessions and workshops.

What is in the food we eat? Are fruits and vegetables important?  Can everyday activities burn calories?  Visitors will find the answers to these questions by exploring nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, an engaging and educational science exhibit.  This 1,000 square-foot, hands-on exhibit appeals to children and their families and features text in English and Spanish.

Jury selection started Monday in the trial of an area woman accused of gunning down a young mother who was an aspiring photographer in a local park in 2013.

Described by one county official as a “pool of toxic goo” is slowly disappearing as the cleanup continues at Santa Clara Waste Water, the scene of still unexplained explosions and fires caused by unknown chemicals and/or compounds that started in the early morning of November 18, 2014. 

The election of a new City Council majority, explosions and fires west of the city caused by still unknown chemicals and the ongoing investigation and lawsuits entangling Blanchard Community Library topped Santa Paula news in 2014.

One of two dueling utility repair projects disturbed the sleep Monday night of some residents living in the area of the 500 and 600 blocks of 6th Street but it should all be over soon, according to a city official.

When there’s a freeze all growth suffers, but avocados can especially be hit hard with a loss of fruit for a two-year period.

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