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January 19, 1997
Re: Island Raid Gee! With the threat of 15-year-old sheep hunters, the Santa Barbara district attorney's office probably should have used a landing craft and a battalion of Marines. In my view, and all the citizens I've talked to, this is a typical example of an over-reaching government that has to fabricate an excuse to abrogate citizens' right to their business and lands. RICHARD SEDIN, Oxnard Regarding the actions of the park rangers, police and the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara County with respect to the Santa Cruz Island raid, we the community should be concerned about the larger issues involved with preparing and executing this act. Foremost on the minds of everyone should be the use of military-style, gun-toting park rangers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A running battle between Ventura and Santa Barbara county authorities escalated Tuesday as lawyers for a convicted murderer accused Santa Barbara prosecutors of withholding evidence and ignoring new findings that they say proves their client is innocent. Oxnard resident Efren Cruz's lawyers say Santa Barbara prosecutors failed to turn over police reports and other evidence suggesting another man, Gerardo Reyes, was the likely suspect in a deadly 1997 shooting in downtown Santa Barbara.
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SPORTS
May 8, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
Fernando Vargas, former International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion, could be facing imprisonment after pleading no-contest Monday to a charge of conspiracy in Santa Barbara Superior Court in an assault case that occurred nearly two years ago. Hilary Dozer, a senior deputy in the Santa Barbara District Attorney's office, said he will ask for a jail term for the Oxnard fighter when a sentencing hearing is held before Judge Thomas Adams on Aug. 24.
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May 8, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
Fernando Vargas, former International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion, could be facing imprisonment after pleading no-contest Monday to a charge of conspiracy in Santa Barbara Superior Court in an assault case that occurred nearly two years ago. Hilary Dozer, a senior deputy in the Santa Barbara District Attorney's office, said he will ask for a jail term for the Oxnard fighter when a sentencing hearing is held before Judge Thomas Adams on Aug. 24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A running battle between Ventura and Santa Barbara county authorities escalated Tuesday as lawyers for a convicted murderer accused Santa Barbara prosecutors of withholding evidence and ignoring new findings that they say proves their client is innocent. Oxnard resident Efren Cruz's lawyers say Santa Barbara prosecutors failed to turn over police reports and other evidence suggesting another man, Gerardo Reyes, was the likely suspect in a deadly 1997 shooting in downtown Santa Barbara.
SPORTS
August 29, 2001 | John Ortega
Former Goleta Dos Pueblos High football Coach Jeff Hesselmeyer and his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Santa Barbara Superior Court to charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27, when a trial date could be determined, said Santa Barbara Deputy District Attorney Tracy Grossman. Jeff Hesselmeyer, 49, and his wife Jennie, 45, were arrested at their home July 31.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1995 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
Santa Barbara police officers arrested three Oxnard residents Tuesday morning in connection with the slaying of a Santa Barbara man. Kenneth Oshea Foster, 29, Derek Lesean Lewis, 25, and a 17-year-old were arrested in connection with the July 22 slaying of Adrian Angelo Stevens, police said. The arrests took place in Oxnard with the cooperation of the Oxnard Police Department. Stevens was at a party and left to use a pay phone when he was shot to death at 3 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An appeals court Thursday ordered the removal of a deputy district attorney from a death penalty case against Jesse James Hollywood, saying the prosecutor overstepped his authority when he served as a consultant for an upcoming movie based on the murder plot. The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Ventura said that Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2008 | Steve Chawkins
A longtime investigator for the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office was killed in a collision believed to have been caused by a 22-year-old drunk driver, authorities said Friday. Laura Cleaves, 53, of Santa Ynez, was driving home from work late Thursday night when her car was struck by a Mercedes that crossed a double yellow line on California 154, said Highway Patrol spokesman Dan Barba. About 11:30 p.m. Thursday, CHP officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver.
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September 14, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
The state Commission on Judicial Performance formally reproved Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge James M. Slater on Monday for deflating the tire of a disabled person's van that was parked in his parking space. After returning from lunch April 21, Slater discovered a van parked in his reserved parking place. He parked his Porsche in a space reserved for somebody else and asked the court administrator to have the van towed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1997
Re: Island Raid Gee! With the threat of 15-year-old sheep hunters, the Santa Barbara district attorney's office probably should have used a landing craft and a battalion of Marines. In my view, and all the citizens I've talked to, this is a typical example of an over-reaching government that has to fabricate an excuse to abrogate citizens' right to their business and lands. RICHARD SEDIN, Oxnard Regarding the actions of the park rangers, police and the district attorney's office in Santa Barbara County with respect to the Santa Cruz Island raid, we the community should be concerned about the larger issues involved with preparing and executing this act. Foremost on the minds of everyone should be the use of military-style, gun-toting park rangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1991 | CAROL WATSON
Results of an investigation into the death of a Ventura County California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in November when a car struck his motorcycle were released Wednesday and will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Santa Barbara County district attorney did not violate a gag order in the Michael Jackson case when he spoke last month at a prosecutors conference in Canada, a judge ruled Monday. According to a Canadian newspaper, Dist. Atty. Tom Sneddon said he sent warning letters to potential witnesses in the Jackson child molestation case to keep them from talking to the media. However, the veteran prosecutor never said any such thing, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gordon Auchincloss argued in court Monday.
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