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September 21, 2004 | Greg Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard police are investigating the deaths of two men in separate shootings over the weekend. Oscar Rosendo Ponce, 33, was found in the alley of the 3000 block of South G Street about 12:30 a.m. Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. About 4:30 a.m. Monday, the body of a 20-year-old Oxnard resident was found in the alley of the 600 block of South E Street. He had been shot in the head.
August 1, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
As a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Frank Cordova considered it a small sacrifice Saturday to rise at dawn, drive from Reseda to Oxnard, stake out a prime autograph-collecting spot along a sideline fence, and wait. "I got here two hours before practice started," said Cordova, 30, holding a miniature silver football in one hand and a miniature Cowboy helmet in the other. "It's dedication."
June 4, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard City Clerk Daniel Martinez kicked off his reelection campaign Thursday night, drawing dozens of supporters to a downtown restaurant to launch a bid for a fourth term. The only no-show was the candidate. Called to active duty by the California Air National Guard, the 46-year-old public servant has been stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California since January and has been told to be ready to head to the Middle East in a few days.
June 3, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard's Colonia Chiques have forfeited their right to challenge an injunction restricting their activities because they failed to formally respond to the civil lawsuit filed by the Ventura County district attorney's office, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Wold said for the street gang to have proceeded with a challenge, it should have hired a lawyer and filed a written answer to the Superior Court lawsuit by last Friday.
May 29, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Three Oxnard activists are seeking an initiative that would increase the number of City Council members from five to nine and mandate that they be elected by district instead of at large. Martin Jones, Tony Grey and Bernardino Valencerina recently filed papers with the city clerk to launch a petition drive for the proposed ballot measure. As required, the city attorney filed a summary of the initiative May 20, starting the clock on the 180 days organizers have to complete their campaign.
May 28, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard man who was shot and killed Saturday night was identified Thursday by authorities as Jose Garcia Rivera. Rivera, 27, was shot in the chest in the 200 block of East 5th Street about 9 p.m., Oxnard police said. The motive remained unknown and there had been no arrests as of Thursday. Authorities held off releasing Rivera's name until they notified relatives. On Wednesday, they found Rivera's sister in Texas.
May 23, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Paul Lemos doesn't need a court hearing or judge's order to understand the urgency of stemming street violence in Oxnard. The grieving father knows the dangers in a painfully personal way. Steven Lemos was shot dead by an intruder nearly two years ago at his Oxnard apartment, cut down on the eve of his 25th birthday.
May 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two Oxnard residents died Wednesday in separate accidents, one of them following a police chase, authorities said Thursday. Nancy Becerra, 33, died when her BMW was broadsided by a pickup truck that had run a red light, authorities said. Becerra, a longtime receptionist for Gold Coast Broadcasting, was killed about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when her vehicle was struck at 3rd Street and Garfield Avenue in Oxnard.
April 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard police officer was acting in self-defense when he shot and wounded a motorist who mistook the officer for an assailant and charged at him with a crowbar, the Ventura County district attorney's office announced this week. Officer Andrew Salinas' shooting of Epigmenio Barragan in the leg in May 2003 was justified, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher Harman. The wounds were not life-threatening.
March 7, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
When Tim Riley gazes out at the Santa Barbara Channel, he sees doomsday just over the horizon. An Oxnard attorney concerned about two proposals for offshore liquefied natural gas facilities, Riley runs an anti-LNG website with illustrations of his city being incinerated beneath a blanket of flame. "I started researching this stuff, and it horrified me," he said. "I don't want my community to be a potential Chernobyl."
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