Motorcyclist killed, hiker missing, other news
Here is a summary of recent incidents from Ventura County agencies. Some items will be updated as more information becomes available:
Motorcyclist killed on Highway 150
VENTURA COUNTY – A biker was killed in a crash on Highway 150 west of Lake Casitas on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident was reported shortly before 2:40 p.m. in the 5500 block of the freeway, also known as Casitas Pass Road, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Fire Department.
The collision involved a semi-trailer, CHP officials said, although no details of the incident were immediately available.
The accident completely closed the roadway for some time near the chlorination plant. The crew of a Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter responded.
Authorities initially described the crash as causing serious injury. But the runner was pronounced dead shortly before 3:30 p.m., the CHP reported.
No information on the runner, including his age and city of residence, was available at 4:40 p.m.
This item will be updated as more information becomes available.
Authorities are looking for a suspect
THOUSAND OAKS – MPs were looking for a man suspected of stabbing a woman along Thousand Oaks Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The incident took place around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of the boulevard with Hampshire Road, in a busy shopping area, according to reports from the sheriff and firefighters.
The incident was first reported as a domestic disorder. The woman suffered a stab wound in the abdomen. She was taken by ambulance to Los Robles Regional Medical Center. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening, a sheriff official said Wednesday evening.
The stabbing apparently took place on the property of an auto parts store, authorities said, although the exact location is still under investigation as of late afternoon.
The suspect fled the scene after the assault, prompting a major search effort that included deputies and detectives, a helicopter, a K-9 police dog and other assets. The man was still on the run at 7 p.m.
No further information was immediately available.
This item will be updated.
Missing Thousand Oaks hiker
THOUSAND OAKS – Authorities continued to search for a Thousand Oaks man last seen hiking on Tuesday evening on Wednesday.
The hiker, James Ledbetter, 60, was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday as he hiked trails near Erbes Road and Sunset Hills Boulevard, the County Sheriff’s Office reported. Ventura. Ledbetter has no known serious medical issues and no vehicles, officials said.
The East Valley Sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team searched for him on Wednesday. He was wearing a gray hat, red / brown shirt, gray shorts and black and gray hiking boots when he left for the trail, officials said. He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
He was still missing Wednesday at 7 p.m., sheriff officials said.
Anyone with information on Ledbetter’s whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 805-654-9511.
A couple were allegedly hit by a stranger
THOUSAND OAKS – A 26-year-old man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after investigators linked him to a reported ramming incident in Thousand Oaks in April.
The incident took place on the night of April 26 at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road near Janss Marketplace, Ventura County Sheriff’s Detective JD Eisenhard said.
At around 10:40 p.m., a couple driving their car realized they were being followed by a man behind the wheel in an aggressive manner, authorities said. When they pulled over near their home, the driver, who was a stranger, got out of his vehicle and approached the couple in a way that scared them, officials said. The couple, a man and a woman, attempted to flee the area in their car.
The driver allegedly chased them a “significant distance”, authorities said, and crashed into the couple’s car about five times. One of the victims called 911 and the driver fled before the deputies arrived.
The incident caused minor damage to the rear of the couple’s car and minor damage to the front of the suspect’s vehicle, Eisenhard said. The case may have involved mistaken identity in a possible road rage scenario, he said.
Sheriff’s investigators then identified the suspect, described as having no permanent residence, and began searching for him. Last week he was arrested by the Ventura Police Department on unrelated charges. Thousand Oaks detectives learned of the arrest and booked it in connection with the alleged ramming.
The man was then charged by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. An impeachment hearing held Wednesday afternoon continued through September 8.
Local crews head to the Caldor fire
VENTURA COUNTY – Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said on Wednesday he had ordered 27 deputies with police equipment and vehicles to help with the massive Caldor fire in northern California.
The deployment also included officers from other agencies in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. MPs will stay for about five to seven days, he said.
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“We have the unfortunate advantage of having extensive experience in managing large-scale fires,” Ayub said in a statement. “Our staff, along with many of our neighboring peace officers, will now use this experience to protect and evacuate those facing the harsh realities of the Caldor fire.”
The Ventura County Fire Department also sent at least 35 people to the Caldor fire, Captain Bob Welsbie said. Personnel and equipment include fire trucks, bulldozers, battalion commanders, mechanics and helicopter managers, he said.
The department has sent firefighters in other major fires in northern California, including the Dixie and France fires, Welsbie said.
“This is a good example of how the California welfare system works,” Welsbie said. “The agencies we’re going to help probably came here during the Thomas and Woolsey fires. It makes us proud to be able to reciprocate.”
The Caldor fire had burned about 320 square miles as of Wednesday morning and threatened communities on the southern end of Lake Tahoe, near the California-Nevada border, the fire departments said.