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June 5, 2001
In a decision benefiting prosecutors statewide, the state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Ventura County district attorney's office has a legal right to access the mental health records of suspected sexually violent predators. The decision stems from a petition local prosecutors filed in August 1998 to have convicted rapist Clarence Albertson held in a mental hospital for an additional two years under the state's Sexually Violent Predator Act.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1997
Ventura district attorney senior investigator Richard Haas was honored with the Joseph P. McClure Investigator of the Year Award for 1997. The Board of Directors of the California District Attorney Investigators' Assn. will formally present the award to Haas at an annual conference in September. Haas, 53, started with the Ventura Police Department in 1967 as a police officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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August 10, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a landlord in a controversial low-income federal housing program, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury receives $639 per month of taxpayer money to rent a house to his 77-year-old mother on his Ojai ranch property. Bradbury's mother, Marie, receives rent subsidies through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 housing voucher program, designed to provide affordable housing to those who would otherwise be unable to secure decent accommodations.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite an admission of wrongdoing and videotaped evidence, the Ventura County district attorney's office announced Tuesday that it would not charge state Assembly candidate Rich Sybert with vandalism for tearing down a rival's campaign signs.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Simi Valley newspaper has raised the ire of Ventura County law enforcement authorities who accuse the publication of blowing the surprise of a planned sting operation designed to catch lawbreakers. The newspaper's managing editor, however, says at least some of the sting targets had already figured out that they were about to be stung. According to the Simi Valley Enterprise, police wrote to 100 people telling them they would get free lottery tickets if they appeared today at a local hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As family and friends mourned the deaths of two farm workers, investigators determined Thursday that the tragedy at Sespe Ranch just outside the city was an industrial accident, not the result of foul play. Exactly how Oxnard residents Miguel Lopez, 43, and Palemon Rangel Yanez, 44, died is still a mystery to authorities, who are continuing to search for clues. The men's bodies were found Wednesday afternoon floating in a tank of fertilizer they had been told to clean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2001
In a decision benefiting prosecutors statewide, the state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Ventura County district attorney's office has a legal right to access the mental health records of suspected sexually violent predators. The decision stems from a petition local prosecutors filed in August 1998 to have convicted rapist Clarence Albertson held in a mental hospital for an additional two years under the state's Sexually Violent Predator Act.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite an admission of wrongdoing and videotaped evidence, the Ventura County district attorney's office announced Tuesday that it would not charge state Assembly candidate Rich Sybert with vandalism for tearing down a rival's campaign signs.
NEWS
August 10, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a landlord in a controversial low-income federal housing program, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury receives $639 per month of taxpayer money to rent a house to his 77-year-old mother on his Ojai ranch property. Bradbury's mother, Marie, receives rent subsidies through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 housing voucher program, designed to provide affordable housing to those who would otherwise be unable to secure decent accommodations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1997
Ventura district attorney senior investigator Richard Haas was honored with the Joseph P. McClure Investigator of the Year Award for 1997. The Board of Directors of the California District Attorney Investigators' Assn. will formally present the award to Haas at an annual conference in September. Haas, 53, started with the Ventura Police Department in 1967 as a police officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury on Tuesday blamed the shooting death of a Malibu millionaire on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and called for a new inquiry into the conduct of a deputy who the prosecutor said may have lied to get a warrant to search the dead man's ranch for drugs. Bradbury, concluding a five-month investigation into the Oct. 2 death of Donald P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury on Tuesday blamed the shooting death of a Malibu millionaire on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and called for a new inquiry into the conduct of a deputy who the prosecutor said may have lied to get a warrant to search the dead man's ranch for drugs. Bradbury, concluding a five-month investigation into the Oct. 2 death of Donald P.
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