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April 7, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owning a pair of cowboy boots, a big truck and having a working knowledge of horses and cows are not the typical requirements for good detective work, but for Senior Deputy Rhett Searcy those are the tools he needs every day. Searcy is the one-man Rural Crimes Prevention division for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He polices the county's ranches and farms, investigating cases of stolen tractors, pilfered avocados and missing livestock.
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April 13, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A week after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors settled a lawsuit over law enforcement budgets, an official representing county firefighters demanded that they get a bigger slice of the funding pie. Fire Capt. Chris Mahon asked supervisors Tuesday to "correct an inequity" in budgeting that he said leaves the Ventura County Fire Department with far fewer dollars than it is entitled to.
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September 4, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police departments in Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Paula are scrambling to retool old federal grant applications so they can get in line for a share of President Clinton's $30-billion anti-crime package. Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter is also studying how to grab a portion of the huge pot of money that federal officials promise will boost police staffing 18% to 20% nationwide by the year 2000. The $13.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owning a pair of cowboy boots, a big truck and having a working knowledge of horses and cows are not the typical requirements for good detective work, but for Senior Deputy Rhett Searcy those are the tools he needs every day. Searcy is the one-man Rural Crimes Prevention division for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He polices the county's ranches and farms, investigating cases of stolen tractors, pilfered avocados and missing livestock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A week after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors settled a lawsuit over law enforcement budgets, an official representing county firefighters demanded that they get a bigger slice of the funding pie. Fire Capt. Chris Mahon asked supervisors Tuesday to "correct an inequity" in budgeting that he said leaves the Ventura County Fire Department with far fewer dollars than it is entitled to.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993
Michael D. Bradbury, Ventura County district attorney Neither the sheriff nor the district attorney are "proposing" budget cuts. Quite the contrary, we believe the cuts we have sustained over the past three years have greatly diminished our ability to effectively deal with petty crime. Public safety is the most basic fundamental and important human and constitutional right we have. When it is seriously eroded, as is the trend, there is social breakdown. Not much else then matters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996
Californians concerned about crime in their communities should take comfort in Gov. Pete Wilson's signing of AB 3229 and SB 1760. AB 3229 will provide $100 million statewide for local law enforcement (Ventura County's share, of course, is just a fraction of this amount), while SB 1760 provides $50 million in grant money to communities for local juvenile crime prevention and intervention programs. In Ventura County, we are fortunate to have a Board of Supervisors and citizenry that recognize public safety as the first priority of local government.
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April 26, 1996 | KELLY DAVID
In response to calls from Oak Park residents for better law enforcement, the Ventura County sheriff has assigned a full-time crime prevention officer to the small, unincorporated area. Although Oak Park has one of the lowest crime rates in the county, residents have long complained that their neighborhoods are under-patrolled by sheriff's deputies.
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November 4, 1995 | NICK GREEN
Police have identified a substance that left three people unconscious and close to death on a Fillmore sidewalk last month as a legal yet potentially dangerous drug known as "Cherry Meth." All three victims recovered from the overdose after being hospitalized, although one stopped breathing twice while en route to the hospital, police said. Narcotics detectives arrested one of the three, Patrick Askren Jr, 26, of Fillmore, on suspicion of furnishing a substance in lieu of a controlled substance.
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October 30, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gang violence doesn't go unnoticed by Ventura County's youth. In fact, some kids study it carefully . . . and try and learn from it. After Dino Zarate, a hard-core gang member turned college student, was gunned down in south Oxnard last month, a small group of students at Frank Intermediate School wrote about it for a class assignment. Zarate, 19, was shot in the head after returning to his old stomping ground to see some friends. A rival gang member has been charged with the killing.
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September 4, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police departments in Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Paula are scrambling to retool old federal grant applications so they can get in line for a share of President Clinton's $30-billion anti-crime package. Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter is also studying how to grab a portion of the huge pot of money that federal officials promise will boost police staffing 18% to 20% nationwide by the year 2000. The $13.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993
Michael D. Bradbury, Ventura County district attorney Neither the sheriff nor the district attorney are "proposing" budget cuts. Quite the contrary, we believe the cuts we have sustained over the past three years have greatly diminished our ability to effectively deal with petty crime. Public safety is the most basic fundamental and important human and constitutional right we have. When it is seriously eroded, as is the trend, there is social breakdown. Not much else then matters.
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May 5, 1994 | PEGGY Y. LEE and PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A majority of Ventura County supervisors have promised to share more sales tax revenue with the County Fire Department, prompting the county firefighters union to drop its threat of taking the issue to the voters, the union's top official said Wednesday. Ken Maffei, president of the Ventura County Professional Firefighters' Assn., said three county supervisors have made commitments in private meetings to distribute at least some of the $27 million in extra sales taxes to the Fire Department.
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May 26, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ventura County Grand Jury on Thursday urged the county Board of Supervisors to rescind a local ordinance that guarantees about $40 million in annual sales taxes to four public safety departments, saying the policy illegally ties the board's hands on budget-making decisions. The report bolsters county administrator Harry Hufford's position that the 6-year-old ordinance is too restrictive and should be disregarded as the county seeks to close an anticipated $12-million budget deficit.
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