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September 11, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block on Friday formally requested a state inquiry into whether Ventura County's top prosecutor intentionally distorted the truth when criticizing deputies' conduct in a drug raid that left a Malibu millionaire dead. In a letter to Atty. Gen. Daniel E. Lungren, Block accuses Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury of misconduct for filing an inaccurate report about the raid.
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April 19, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
A two-year corruption investigation in Oxnard uncovered "a clear pattern of fiscal waste by a small number of city officials" but produced no criminal charges, the Ventura County district attorney's office said Wednesday. The probe began in July 2010 when local investigators and FBI agents raided city offices, and later searched the homes of numerous officials. It yielded more than 100,000 pages of evidence, according to a lengthy report issued by prosecutors. Investigators found city officials had failed to disclose gifts from contractors, tried to delay the D.A.'s investigation, used public funds for expensive meals and submitted skimpy, often unsigned financial records that made it impossible to prosecute possible violations.
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April 30, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ron Bamieh shook his head as he read the 5-year-old case file for the first time. Why hadn't anybody solved this murder? In 1992, an attractive 20-year-old Santa Monica College student, Katrina Montgomery, disappeared after leaving a party in Oxnard. Her bloodstained truck was found abandoned on a winding mountain road. Within days, police had identified three suspects--all linked to a violent white power gang.
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August 18, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors say they will need months to analyze materials seized in a raid on Oxnard City Hall as they seek evidence related to possible misuse of public funds. In a written statement, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Greg Totten said the investigation does not focus on "inflated salary and pension-spiking concerns" like those in the city of Bell. He declined to give details of the probe, however, saying only that it "involved potential misappropriation of public monies, the handling of contracts involving public works and other city projects, and potential conflicts of interest.
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February 24, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said Friday that he and his top aides would no longer talk to reporters from a local newspaper because the paper exposed an undercover police sting operation in Simi Valley.
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March 20, 1990
Two Oxnard men charged Monday that Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn was unethical in failing to disclose that his St. Patrick's Day party was a political fund-raiser--a claim disputed by a former state elections official. Flynn denied the allegations by Scott Bollinger and Paul Dolan, saying that the $10 tickets to the Sunday afternoon party clearly linked it to his "Flynn for Supervisor" campaign. "I think it's just frivolous," Flynn said.
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December 5, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An attorney for murder suspect Larry Robert Nicassio said Thursday his client said he is not guilty of killing 20-year-old Katrina Elizabeth Montgomery in 1992. After a short closed-door hearing in Juvenile Court, attorney Darren Kavinoky said his client is contesting the charges that he killed Montgomery after an Oxnard party on Nov. 28, 1992. "Basically, his plea is not guilty," said Kavinoky, who was hired by Nicassio's family.
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September 19, 1986
A California Highway Patrol officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the May 4 shooting death of Raymond Charles Kountz, 29, the son of former Ventura Mayor Eugene Kountz. A report released by the Ventura County district attorney said Officer Brian Smith, 24, acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Kountz after stopping him for investigation of drunk driving. The district attorney found that Kountz ran from the officer when he tried to administer a roadside sobriety test.
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May 19, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Robert C. Bradley, a former presiding judge of the Ventura County Superior Court who was disbarred after a string of alcohol-related arrests, died in his Santa Paula home this week after choking on a piece of meat, authorities said Wednesday. Bradley, 64, apparently had gone to the kitchen for a snack about 8:30 p.m. Monday. He was found lying on the floor by a caretaker and taken to Ventura County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.
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December 12, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County district attorney has decided not to prosecute a Canoga Park woman in connection with the death of her 22-month-old daughter, who died in a crash on the Ventura Freeway in September. Toddler Melissa Perez, who was sitting on the lap of her father, Oscar, was thrown through the car's sunroof when the vehicle overturned near Santa Clara Avenue in Oxnard.
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July 2, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County district attorney's office found no evidence that the Thousand Oaks City Council violated the state's open meeting law in its dealings with a former city manager. The investigation, which the district attorney's office considers closed, centered on the circumstances surrounding the promotion, performance and retirement of former City Manager Phil Gatch.
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May 19, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Robert C. Bradley, a former presiding judge of the Ventura County Superior Court who was disbarred after a string of alcohol-related arrests, died in his Santa Paula home this week after choking on a piece of meat, authorities said Wednesday. Bradley, 64, apparently had gone to the kitchen for a snack about 8:30 p.m. Monday. He was found lying on the floor by a caretaker and taken to Ventura County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.
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November 3, 2002 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
For a tough-talking cowboy lawman, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury turned soft as worn saddle leather in the days before retirement. Kicking around his Ojai Valley ranch last week, the 60-year-old lawyer known for his political power and hard-nosed crime-fighting style talked about his memorable ride as the county's longest-serving district attorney.
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February 27, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fueled by late contributions, candidate Ron Bamieh has now raised an unprecedented $1,067,000 in his bid for Ventura County district attorney--far outpacing his opponent, Greg Totten, and making it one of the costliest races in the state. Nearly all of the money pouring into Bamieh's coffers is from his multimillionaire father, who in the last week made four late donations totaling $155,000.
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February 24, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When cowboy lawman Michael D. Bradbury decided to hang up his spurs as Ventura County district attorney, prosecutors assumed the office would pass to his second-in-command, Greg Totten. But a brash trial lawyer, Ron Bamieh, upset those notions last year when he announced plans to run for Bradbury's post--forcing the first contested election for district attorney since 1978.
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January 25, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County district attorney candidate Ron Bamieh collected $217,000 in campaign contributions in the past three weeks, almost entirely from his rich father. San Mateo businessman Sam Bamieh gave his son $215,000, doubling the amount he has spent on the campaign since last fall. Meanwhile, rival candidate Greg Totten picked up $49,000 in small donations from nearly 150 supporters, including local attorneys, doctors and ranchers, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.
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April 29, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
Investigators for the Ventura County district attorney's office arrested six men and four others turned themselves in voluntarily after failing to pay more than $150,000 in child support, Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said Wednesday. Seven agents and five assistants participated in a child support warrant roundup April 24, arresting the six men on charges ranging from failing to pay child support, violation of probation, failure to appear and civil contempt, he said.
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April 19, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
The Ford Foundation has nominated a Ventura County district attorney program that returns abducted children to their legal guardians for a Harvard University award that honors innovation in government. The Parental Child Abduction and Recovery Unit was one of 76 semifinalists, including 13 from California, selected from the 1,600 programs that applied for this year's competition, the foundation announced.
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November 14, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County law enforcement groups turned out in force Tuesday to support district attorney candidate Greg Totten. He picked up endorsements from the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Assn., the Professional Peace Officers Assn. and unions representing Oxnard, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme and Ventura police departments. The only major law enforcement group that didn't endorse Totten was the Simi Valley Police Assn., which last week backed prosecutor Ron Bamieh, Totten's only rival in the race.
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September 27, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vowing to give Ventura County voters a choice for district attorney for the first time in more than two decades, prosecutor Ron Bamieh formally kicked off his campaign for the office Wednesday. Bamieh is running against Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Greg Totten, the top aide to Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury, who last week announced plans to retire from the job after his sixth term ends in 2003.
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