Gunman robs credit union and sets fire to near Gaviota


Here is a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County and regional agencies:

Armed robbery at a credit union

OXNARD — An armed robbery at a branch of a credit union in northeast Oxnard on Friday night scared customers and tellers, authorities said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a man entered the CBC Federal Credit Union premises at 2151 E. Gonzales Road brandishing a handgun at the ceiling, the Oxnard Police Department reported. The block is in a commercial area west of Rice Avenue.

Several customers inside fell to the ground and cashiers hid under their desks, officials said. The suspect allegedly jumped over the counter, approached the manager at gunpoint and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed sum, the suspect fled.

No injuries were reported.

Witnesses were unable to provide details about the suspect’s appearance, officials said. Authorities conducted an extensive search but could not find him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oxnard Police at 805-385-7600.

Wildfire near Gaviota

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – A wildfire broke out in the Hollister Ranch area near the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County late Saturday morning, prompting evacuations as it grew amid erratic winds in the afternoon.

The Hollister fire was reported shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials. By early afternoon it had reached over 50 acres as “erratic” winds gusted.

The fire was estimated at 100 acres with 5% containment as of 7 p.m., according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli. Evacuation orders for around 30 residents would remain in place overnight, with high winds expected, he said in a tweet. The planes were due to return Sunday morning.

Before sunset, smoke was drifting along the coast toward Ventura County. At least one Ventura County helicopter worked the blaze on Saturday, according to an afternoon update. The large response included fixed-wing aircraft, bulldozers and water tenders as well as crews from multiple agencies.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Santa Barbara County coast through 3 a.m. Monday, with isolated gusts of up to 50 mph near the Gaviota area.

This article will be updated.

The helicopter performs consecutive rescues

VENTURA COUNTY – The Ventura County Air Unit Copter 8 dropped off a patient from a Matilija Canyon rescue on Saturday afternoon and immediately headed out to snatch a Mugu Rock climber.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., the helicopter was called to a remote site in Matilija Canyon in the Los Padres National Forest, west of Wheeler Springs, for what was described as a medical emergency involving a fall. No details were immediately available on the nature of the fall. The crew transported the patient to Ventura County Medical Center.

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As the helicopter was offloading the first patient at around 3.20pm, a rescue technical incident had developed at Mugu Rock, to which several fire departments responded.

According to Ventura County Fire Department radio traffic, at least two rescue plans have been created for a climber who got stuck about 150 feet on the south side of the iconic seaside boulder on the Pacific Coast Highway. .

The Copter 8 crew managed to hoist the climber off the rock face. He was not injured and refused medical attention after being assessed at the scene, according to reports.

Extinguished mobile home fire outside Oxnard

VENTURA COUNTY – Firefighters quickly brought a mobile home fire under control on Oxnard Plain on Saturday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 4:20 p.m. in the 3700 block of Dufau Road, according to dispatch information from the Ventura County Fire Department. The site is along the north side of the Pacific Coast Highway in a predominantly agricultural area north of Hueneme Road.

Crews from Oxnard Fire and Ventura County reported finding a “well involved” mobile home fire but knocked it down within minutes and canceled out most incoming units.

Items will be updated if new information becomes available.

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