There are almost 8,000 stories in the naked city of Ojai, few of them interesting.
But that's by big-city crime standards. By the small-town standards that Ojai's leaders so fiercely maintain, there's plenty to keep a law enforcement officer busy, and sometimes entertained.
* On Oct. 24, 1989, Darrow (Duke) Tully, publisher of the Ojai Valley News, shot a neighbor's dog after it wandered into his yard. The district attorney charged Tully with one count of cruelty to animals. The publisher was convicted of a misdemeanor and had to give up his BB gun. The dog, a 10-year-old cockapoo mix named Baby, recovered and was back in his yard the next day.
* On March 1, 1990, a student known as Shi Stone was handcuffed and led away from Nordhoff High School. Authorities alleged he was not the 17-year-old son of a U.S. soldier wounded in Panama, as he claimed, but a 31-year-old veteran con man named David Michael Murray. "Ojai was wide open to me," he told a reporter later, while jailed. "I could have taken the entire town." Stone/Murray, who has maintained that he is both innocent and 17 years old, is scheduled to begin trial in late September. He is expected to represent himself.