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November 1, 1990 | MACK REED
A Lake County man was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges that he murdered a traveling companion whose decomposed body was found in Matilija Canyon near Ojai in 1986. Ventura County Municipal Judge Bruce A. Clark held Thomas Gottchalk, 49, to answer charges that he shot Jean Ellen Eubanks, 34, twice in the head and left her body under a crude cairn in the canyon.
December 6, 1997
More than 200 creches, made of everything from a small set of spools of thread to a 30-piece Lenox set, will be exhibited in "A Celebration of Christ--Nativities of the World" at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ojai. They can be viewed from noon to 9 p.m. today and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Adult choirs will sing from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The Hallelujah Chorus will be performed at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The entertainment is free and open to the public.
January 24, 1991 | THIA BELL
A developer offering to donate a park to Ojai--in exchange for permission to build a subdivision--said he found the City Council's reaction discouraging. Howard M. Palmer said Tuesday that he needs more time to decide if he will withdraw his offer or pay up to $80,000 for an environmental study before the council votes on whether he can build a 26-lot subdivision. "I'm still in shock," Palmer said after the meeting. "We thought a park would be ideal. This is the best piece of property in Ojai."
October 15, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS
Ojai resident Marty Fast grew up in a home where dogs weren't allowed inside. Now she has two dogs who spend a lot of their time on the living room couch, nine potbellied piglets who live in her kitchen, and a sow who sleeps under the dining room table. "Doesn't everyone have a pig in their house?" she asked, smiling. There is also a parrot and, in the back yard, a neutered boar, a thoroughbred gelding, two desert tortoises, 12 quail and 20 finches.
Andy Behar knows the Net. In fact, the Ojai resident and film director recently created an Internet home page boasting his city's charms and posted it on the World Wide Web. The Ojai home page features a prominent picture of the Topa Topa Mountains, and provides information on art, music, recreation, real estate, schools, government, and updates on the activities of local environmental groups.
January 10, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
The family of an Ohio man stabbed to death over the summer has filed a $500,000 claim against Ventura County, the Sheriff's Department and the city of Ojai, alleging that negligent officer training contributed to the man's death. Jasper Fitzgerald, 19, of Columbus was stabbed to death with an ice pick May 14 after a weekend party in Ojai. The victim, who spent part of his boyhood in Ojai, was on vacation from school when he was killed.
October 12, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
Merchants in the city of Ojai could be forced to hide or lock up their spray-paint cans and other "implements" of graffiti used by taggers on public or private property. Under a proposal being considered at tonight's City Council meeting, Ojai would adopt a law similar to a model ordinance drafted in the city of San Diego, said City Manager Andrew Belknap. "That's the main change here," he said.
April 25, 1986
UC Irvine singles players Bruce Man Son Hing and Darren Yates each won two matches Thursday in the first day of the Ojai tournament. Man Son Hing defeated Westmont's Greg Nations, 6-4, 6-2, and UC San Diego's John Mapes, 7-5, 6-2. Yates defeated Westmont's Jim Sephans, 6-4, 7-6, and Redlands' John Flagg, 6-4, 6-2. Man Son Hing will meet San Jose State's Mark Murphy today in the second day of the four-day tournament, and Yates will play Fresno State's Jean LeClerq.
April 28, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Authorities have arrested a 14-year-old on suspicion of stabbing a 16-year-old to death at a party in Ojai, Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said Monday. The county coroner's office identified the slain teen as Seth Scarminach of Ojai, who died about 2:30 a.m. Sunday of stab wounds to the neck and chest. Sheriff's deputies were called to a house party in the 2400 block of Maricopa Highway about 2 a.m. They found about 30 people, most of them teenagers, who were beginning to disperse.
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