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April 19, 2014

Driver hits accelerator instead of brake, winds up in SP Inn courtyard

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.

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.

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“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.

Curves Santa Paula is proud to say that they doubled last year’s donation and they recently delivered 916 pounds of food and $100.00 in donations to Community Assistance of Santa Paula (CASP).

 Santa Paula Fire also puts out the flames of pressing need that can burn out youth programs as shown at a recent City Council meeting where the Firefighters Association was thanked for a generous donation.

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times Santa Paula residents that strive to be water wise and save money as well as the environment took advantage of two free programs recently offered at the Community Center.

By Peggy Kelly  Santa Paula Times The Santa Paula woman accused of gunning down a young mother and aspiring photographer in an area park in September was ordered to stand trial on a murder charge.

An explosion and fire in a trailer sent one man to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. The fire occurred in the 4000 Block Santa Paula Ojai Road not far from Mupu School.

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. 

Our TARGET is Reading!

April 11, 2014

Our TARGET is Reading!

Judge Colleen Toy White has been named Judge of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. The honor was bestowed at the association’s 36th annual Judges’ Night dinner on March 25, 2014. 

Rudy and Charlene Marie (Gonzalez) Guitierrez, Jr. were married February 22, 2014 at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church, Santa Paula.  Charlene’s sister Cynthia Melendez was Charlene’s maid of honor.  Rudy was attended by his friend, Victor as best man. Charlene’s grandfather, Rev. Mr. Alfonso A. Guilin, officiated the wedding.

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. 

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times Lovers of having a good time and supporting good causes have a great reason to look forward to this weekend in Santa Paula and neighboring Fillmore!

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times A firefight involving multiple responders that started in a laundry mat and spread to a common attic ended with a “great save” of a strip mall Sunday night, according to Fire Chief Rick Araiza.

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