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January 26, 1991 | THIA BELL
A Ventura firefighter rode home on horseback Friday to find a fast-moving fire had gutted his Oak View home only a week after he and his son had moved in. "It's pretty devastating, but I'm just glad my son's all right," said Ron Duran who has owned the small, three-bedroom house at 180 Oak Drive for seven years. He said that before they moved in last week, the house had been rented out. His son, Jacob Duran, 15, was treated at the scene for first- and second-degree burns on his feet.
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March 11, 1991 | VIVIAN LOUIE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifty fiddlers mixed hillbilly tunes with haunting waltzes at the Oak View Community Center on Sunday as they took to the stage for the area's annual Old Time Amateur Fiddle Contest. But fiddling was not the only activity of the day, as more than 100 spectators also turned out to listen to music, get together with old friends and meet new people. "Part of the fun is just getting together with people and jamming," said Bill Scruggs, a Fillmore violin maker.
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May 14, 1991 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 450-pound bear who dropped into Oak View over the weekend for some food, drink and a little rest wore out his welcome by Monday. After nervous neighbors called the Sheriff's Department, officials drugged the animal and drove him out of town. The bear, which authorities described as docile, has been seen in the area during the past two weeks, experts said. He probably trekked down from the Los Padres National Forest to feast on fresh fruits and honey from beehives, they said.
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March 31, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 51-year-old Oak View man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl in the Ojai Valley, authorities said Friday. Garry Garner was arrested Thursday afternoon by Ventura County sheriff's deputies at his residence in the 11000 block of Puesta del Sol. He was later booked into county jail and remains in custody. Garner was booked on suspicion of committing two felonies, including lewd acts with a child and oral copulation with a victim under the age of 16.
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August 21, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
An Oak View man accused of raping and drowning an Oxnard teenager two years ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges that could bring a death sentence. Douglas Dworak, 37, is charged with forcible rape, murder and an allegation that he killed during the commission of a rape in the 2001 slaying of Crystal Hamilton, 18. The allegation allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty, although no decision has been reached on whether to do so.
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March 19, 2002 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Oak View resident died Monday evening after being carried from her burning home by firefighters. Mary Mortensen died at Ojai Valley Community Hospital minutes after being taken from her small brick home on Grapevine Road, fire officials and neighbors said. They described her as a retiree, but did not know her age.
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October 5, 2002 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Oak View teenager accused of beating a homeless man to death admitted kicking and throwing pebbles at "the bum" in a police videotape shown to jurors Friday. "I had no intention of really hurting him," defendant Robert Coffman, 19, said during the video, recorded by detectives a few days after the June 30, 2001, slaying. Coffman is one of four teens accused of fatally beating James Clark, 58, as the youths headed to a Ventura beach party last year.
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December 30, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day when they should have been celebrating Kali Manley's life, Charles and Holly Manley mourned their daughter's death Tuesday and joined a community who had come to say goodbye to a vibrant teen killed a week before her 15th birthday. "Kali was a part of this valley," Charles Manley told hundreds of family, friends and high school students gathered at Ojai Valley Community Valley Church. "Her spirit was filled with these mountains. She was a part of the canyon.
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July 24, 2003 | Andy Olsen, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in connection with the rape and drowning of an Oxnard woman, whose body was found on a beach south of Mussel Shoals in 2001. Douglas Edward Dworak, 37, of Oak View was being held in Ventura County Jail on suspicion of rape and murder in the death of 18-year-old Crystal Hamilton. Dworak's arrest Tuesday came after a two-year investigation and DNA testing by the sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and deputies in Ojai, said Sgt.
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December 18, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of slain Oak View teen Kali Manley filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the 23-year-old Ojai man accused of strangling their daughter last December. The lawsuit--filed in Ventura County Superior Court a day before the one-year statute of limitations expired--accuses murder defendant David Alvarez of causing the girl's death.
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