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October 2, 1997
Ventura native Beverly L. Adkins, a retired data entry operator for the Ventura Unified School District, died Tuesday in a local hospital following a brief illness. She was 59. Adkins was born July 30, 1938, and was a lifelong resident of Ventura. She worked for the school district for 15 years, retiring in 1988. Adkins was an avid gardener and antique collector, and enjoyed reading and collecting books.
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April 27, 2008 | Frank Nelson, Special to The Times
VENTURA IS in the process of reinventing itself with a major downtown makeover, combined with moves to brand the city as a center for the arts. As part of its new image, more use is being made of the city's original, official and more romantic name, San Buenaventura, especially to describe the central downtown area. That's also home to the San Buenaventura Mission, the ninth of California's 21 missions, founded in 1782 and completed 27 years later.
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REAL ESTATE
April 27, 2008 | Frank Nelson, Special to The Times
VENTURA IS in the process of reinventing itself with a major downtown makeover, combined with moves to brand the city as a center for the arts. As part of its new image, more use is being made of the city's original, official and more romantic name, San Buenaventura, especially to describe the central downtown area. That's also home to the San Buenaventura Mission, the ninth of California's 21 missions, founded in 1782 and completed 27 years later.
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August 10, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A reduction in property crimes helped Oxnard post a more than 12% drop in major crimes during the first six months of the year, while Ventura experienced more robberies, burglaries and thefts, pushing its crime rate up nearly 5%, according to new reports. "There are no parades happening in these hallways," said Oxnard Police Chief John Crombach. "This is good, this is progress, but we need to do more work. You look at these numbers, they're a measure, but you don't live and die by these numbers."
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July 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Most of downtown Ventura could be at risk of liquefaction during a major earthquake, while landslides could be a danger in the hills above the city, according to a seismic hazards map issued by state geologists this week. The liquefaction zone stretches from the ocean to the area north of Poli Street. Liquefaction occurs when sandy soil becomes saturated by ground water and then is shaken. It is the 20th of 21 state maps to be released for the county.
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April 28, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
After their son's fatal crash 14 years ago, Paul and Helen Bagley could have shunned the dangerous world of sprint car racing. Instead, they embraced it. They were planning to attend the third annual Jeff Bagley Classic next Saturday in Ventura, a race they organized and named for their son, killed in an accident in May 1989 at the age of 29.
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November 7, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While searching the motel room of a suspected drug dealer in April, Ventura police officers found a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun tucked in a sock and hidden above the closet ceiling tiles. It was the same type of gun used the day before during a deadly shooting at a neighborhood market in west Ventura. Crime lab tests later revealed it was one of two weapons fired at the scene, linking 32-year-old Richard Geise to the slaying.
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August 28, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Authorities arrested a 39-year-old Ventura man on suspicion of murder Wednesday after confronting him with DNA evidence that they said proved he strangled a woman in her Port Hueneme apartment more than a decade ago. Ventura County district attorney investigators arrested Warren Patrick Mackey, a friend of the victim, at their office after he agreed to look over photographs to help solve the case.
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December 3, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The snow was a no-show at the 25th annual Holiday Street Festival in Ventura on Sunday, but Santa came in style, cruising California Street in a shiny red sleigh led by a pair of real reindeer. The plan for the event's silver anniversary had been to dump 45 tons of snow downtown so visitors could play in it. But organizers scratched the snow--the windows of a couple of businesses were broken by errant snowballs last year. Instead, they focused on food, live entertainment and cutting-edge art.
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November 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 47-year-old Ventura murder suspect refused to come to court Monday, then screamed and ranted in a holding cell as the jury waited in the courthouse hallway. Tommy Welch's outburst prompted Superior Court Judge James Cloninger to call a three-day recess to allow mental health experts to determine whether Welch is competent to stand trial.
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October 15, 2006 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
When one thinks of Greene & Greene architecture, Ventura doesn't usually spring to mind. But Tom and Mabel Gould commissioned Henry Mather Greene to design their family home -- a two-story Craftsman bungalow -- on the 10 acres Tom's parents purchased there in 1890 and gave to the young couple as a wedding gift in 1911. The home, the only Greene & Greene in Ventura, has remained in the family for more than 80 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Ventura seventh-grader who collapsed during gym class and died suffered from a rare irregular heartbeat, coroner's officials said Thursday. Ricardo Ramirez, 12, had a sudden cardiac arrhythmia Wednesday as he trotted out for a warmup run with other students at DeAnza Middle School, said Mike Feiler, senior deputy medical examiner in the Ventura County coroner's office.
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March 9, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura seventh-grader collapsed Wednesday during a gym class run at De Anza Middle School and died shortly after at a hospital, school officials said. Ricardo Ramirez, 12, was an outstanding student who wanted to go to college and ran a nine-minute mile for the school's cross-country team, said Supt. Trudy Arriaga of the Ventura Unified School District. But as Ricardo and his classmates headed out for a warmup run at the start of their 10 a.m.
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November 20, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Smoke-free skies returned to Ventura on Saturday as lighter winds helped hundreds of firefighters corral a brush fire that scorched about 3,700 acres in the hills and canyons north of the city. On Friday, wind-whipped flames pushed close to homes, prompting some evacuations. But cooler temperatures overnight helped crews get a handle on the School Canyon Fire, which by Saturday was moving away from town. By Saturday night, the fire was 60% contained.
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October 14, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A teacher at a Catholic school in Ventura was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old student, Ventura police officials said. John E. Statham, 55, was taken into custody just after 7 a.m. outside his Camarillo home, officials said. He was booked into Ventura County Jail on a single count of committing a lewd act with a minor, authorities said. Ventura Police Sgt.
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July 29, 2004 | Arianne Aryanpur, Times Staff Writer
In 1919, Paul Rossi paid $81 to bury his wife, Flora, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Ventura. By some accounts, it was a bad investment. Today, the ground where Flora rests is a city park on a grassy slope overlooking the ocean -- a popular spot for joggers, picnickers and Frisbee-chasing dogs.
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August 29, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura City Councilman Jim Friedman has been elected chairman of the South Coast Area Transit Board of Directors for fiscal 2002-03. John Flynn, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, will serve as vice chairman of the five-member panel. SCAT is a joint-powers agency that provides bus and other transit service in western Ventura County. The agency logged about 3.4 million passenger trips on 15 routes in fiscal 2001-02.
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July 24, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
After a 180-day trial period, the City Council voted in favor of an ordinance creating permanent off-leash hours for dogs at two city parks. The council could adopt the ordinance at its next meeting Monday. Since January, dogs have been allowed to roam free at Arroyo Verde and Camino Real parks during certain hours.
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June 16, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Neighbors of a Ventura wood recycling plant may soon be able to breathe easier: The company has announced plans to relocate to a citrus orchard west of Santa Paula. California Wood Recycling currently chips and grinds wood, grass and other green waste at a six-acre site near the Ventura Auto Mall. The plant has been a source of foul odors for residents who live downwind across the Santa Clara River in Oxnard.
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May 24, 2004 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
A dozen years after Ventura approved a detailed plan to revive its sagging downtown, the seaside city is riding the crest of a real estate boom toward construction of nearly 800 dwellings and the transformation of its historic business core into a bustling, balanced neighborhood. With 18 housing projects and 787 dwellings in the pipeline, city officials say years of planning and preparation, of false starts and half steps, are paying off for the ailing downtown.
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