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July 3, 1999 | MASSIE RITSCH
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in finding four fugitives, including an estranged husband and wife with matching tattoos. Raymond Araujo Lorona, 29, is wanted on probation violation. He was convicted on weapon charges, evasion of a peace officer, driving under the influence and spousal battery. His wife, 25-year-old Roxanne Olivares Lorona, was convicted on a narcotics charge in February 1998 but failed to appear in court for sentencing, authorities said.
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January 31, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A transient who stayed in motor homes, motel rooms and with friends throughout the county for the last five years was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of committing lewd sexual acts on three children, all under 14, Ventura County sheriff's officials said. Marc Adrian Charpentier, 40, is accused of victimizing the children, ages 10, 12 and 13. Authorities said he came in contact with the children as he moved about. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department believes there may be more victims.
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March 29, 1993 | MACK REED
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department plans to auction off seized and unclaimed property on Saturday, ranging from bicycles and lawn mowers to hand tools and holsters. The auction at the County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with preview of the items to be auctioned at 9. Surplus furniture from the Sheriff's Department, including desks, chairs and seating units, will also be sold at an auction scheduled for Sunday at the same location.
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December 20, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Prompted by rising gang crime in unincorporated areas, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved creation of a special sheriff's gang patrol. The detail of two deputies, a senior deputy and a sergeant will track gang activity in the Ojai Valley, Fillmore and unincorporated communities near Ventura and Santa Paula at an annual cost of $792,000.
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October 21, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The principal suspect in three Ventura County slayings in spring 2004 was arrested Friday in Acapulco after a 30-month manhunt, authorities said. Rudolfo "Rudy" Negrete, 24, was being transported Friday by Mexican authorities from the coastal resort city to a federal prison near Mexico City, where extradition proceedings will begin, said John Clark, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles.
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June 13, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The radio ad starts with a frantic call to 911. "Yes, I live across the street from the El Rio School District and there are about 10 teen-agers dressed like gang bangers, and they're writing on the walls with spray paint," the caller nervously explains. Sorry, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department 911 dispatcher says. "We'll send somebody as soon as we can. Right now all of our deputies are tied up on other emergencies."
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April 7, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owning a pair of cowboy boots, a big truck and having a working knowledge of horses and cows are not the typical requirements for good detective work, but for Senior Deputy Rhett Searcy those are the tools he needs every day. Searcy is the one-man Rural Crimes Prevention division for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He polices the county's ranches and farms, investigating cases of stolen tractors, pilfered avocados and missing livestock.
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July 18, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY and ANDREW D. BLECHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Ventura County sheriff's deputy was shot to death and another man wounded Wednesday evening in an otherwise quiet, shady neighborhood in this Ojai Valley community as the officer tried to quell a domestic quarrel. Officials said Deputy Peter John Aguirre, 26, had gone to a house on North Encinal Avenue after a 911 call from a neighbor reporting that a man there was holding a woman hostage.
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December 21, 1998 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Dirk Munsie pulls a car over, the driver is as likely to leave with a toy as a ticket. "Parents might drive away grumbling about police," said Munsie, a burly, smiling man with a thick mustache. "And kids are a captive audience. I don't want those kids to be afraid of police. I want them to know we're here to help."
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August 29, 1993 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dissecting word puzzles and vaulting six-foot fences, 1,229 would-be deputies began competing this weekend for 25 vacancies in the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The applicant pool is the largest in the department's history, said sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Godfrey, who is in charge of the application process. It is more than twice the size of the last group, which was tested in 1991 only to have the vacancies vanish during last year's county budget cuts, Godfrey said.
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December 8, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Two Ventura County Seabees were arrested and charged this week in connection with the fatal shooting of the ex-husband of one of the sailors, authorities said Thursday. Rebecca Braswell, 26, former spouse of the victim and a Navy mechanic, is accused of taking part in the Dec. 1 shooting of John Marmo Jr. outside his Camarillo condominium, investigators said. The two were engaged in a contentious, two-year child custody dispute and had a hearing scheduled next month, according to court records.
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October 21, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The principal suspect in three Ventura County slayings in spring 2004 was arrested Friday in Acapulco after a 30-month manhunt, authorities said. Rudolfo "Rudy" Negrete, 24, was being transported Friday by Mexican authorities from the coastal resort city to a federal prison near Mexico City, where extradition proceedings will begin, said John Clark, chief inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles.
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October 5, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a $1,000 bonus to any county employee who successfully recruits a deputy to the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Bob Brooks requested the reward to help fill 81 deputy vacancies in his department, about 11% of his 742-deputy force. The sheriff added that he also is having difficulty filling dispatcher positions.
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July 2, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County sheriff's deputies this week ratified a labor contract that increases health benefits and hikes salaries by 4% over the next 18 months, a union official said Friday. The pact got 85% approval in a vote held Thursday, said Sgt. Pat Buckley, president of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs' Assn. Buckley said it was the first time in three decades that a contract had been completed before the previous one expired. He attributed the smooth negotiations to a lack of contentious issues.
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June 4, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A veteran Ventura County sheriff's deputy was charged this week with filing false tax returns and threatening to arrest IRS investigators assigned to his case, officials said Friday. Senior Deputy Patrick J. Dain has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case, Chief Deputy Sheriff Bruce McDowell said Friday. The Sheriff's Department is opening its own investigation into the allegations and will not comment until that is completed, McDowell said.
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December 5, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services will hold several meetings to tell residents near fire-damaged land how to protect their property from flooding. The next session will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Moorpark Civic Center, 799 Moorpark Road. The second will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Simi Valley Emergency Operations Center at 3901 Alamo St. The final meeting will be 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at Fillmore City Hall, 524 Sespe St.
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November 19, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Longtime Ventura County sheriff's deputies--pushing for expanded retirement benefits--already are entitled to more pay in retirement than they earn on the job, a Times analysis shows. A 55-year-old deputy on the job for 30 years can retire now and take home $69,000 in annual retirement pay--106% of his or her active wages. And if the county Board of Supervisors agrees to the latest demand by the deputies union, that same officer would collect $79,000 a year, or 122% of base pay.
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February 8, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 60 years if you were lost in the back country of Ventura County, Carl Hofmeister would have been out looking for you. But the 76-year-old orchard keeper and construction business owner, a volunteer with the Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue unit, retired last month. Hofmeister, who went on his first search with his father as a 13-year-old in 1934, has left the Ojai Area Search and Rescue team, of which he was captain.
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October 25, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 43-year-old man Friday morning after a nearly three-hour standoff at a residence north of Ojai. The standoff began shortly after 9 a.m. when deputies attempted to confront the unidentified man, who neighbors had complained was yelling obscenities and firing a weapon in the neighborhood in the 2200 block of Maricopa Highway. When deputies arrived, they found the man carrying a rifle.
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October 7, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County narcotics task force Monday announced the seizure of an estimated $250,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine and the arrests of eight suspected members of a drug ring, authorities said. The investigation that led to the seizure of about 7 pounds of the drug known as ice began 14 months ago in Ventura and ended last week with the arrests of the suspects in Oxnard, the San Fernando Valley and at a home lab in Inglewood, authorities said.
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