Sheriff sends ballistic vests and helmets to Ukraine, more

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

County sheriff and fire department to send supplies to Ukraine

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Sheriff and Fire Department is collecting excess supplies to send to Ukraine as humanitarian aid, officials said Thursday afternoon.

Staff are assembling ballistic vests, helmets and medical supplies that have reached their recommended lifespan, the sheriff’s agency reported. The items can no longer be used by agencies, but will provide “a layer of protection for those providing medical care to Ukrainian citizens,” officials said in a statement.

“Our hope for this equipment, which has helped keep first responders safe right here in our own community, is that it will help save lives in the fight for Ukraine’s future,” the sheriff said. Bill Ayub in a statement.

The equipment will be collected throughout the county and shipped to Ukraine for distribution to citizens there.

When asked if the public could donate items or shipping costs to the effort, Sheriff Sgt. Tim Lohman said the agencies appreciated the sentiment but were not accepting donations.

Robbery leads to stabbings at Ventura Park

VENTURA — Ventura police say a woman stabbed a man during a Wednesday robbery in downtown Plaza Park.

Shortly before 11 a.m., officers responded to the incident in the park at 630 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura Police Department officials said, where a male victim suffered moderate injuries that did not put his life in danger.

The 24-year-old woman allegedly approached two men, both 58, and asked one of them to hand over her backpack. She brandished a knife and threatened to stab the man if he did not cooperate, authorities said. The first victim dropped the backpack.

When the second man tried to intervene by grabbing the woman, she stabbed him, police said.

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The woman fled on foot to California Street. Officers took her into custody without incident at California and Thompson Boulevard.

The stabbed victim was treated at the scene but refused to be taken to hospital. The first victim had his backpack returned.

The woman was arrested for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Marijuana crop reportedly found in garage fire

THOUSAND OAKS — A small garage fire in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday morning ultimately resulted in an arrest after authorities reportedly discovered an illegal marijuana grow operation at the scene.

The fire was reported around 10:00 a.m. in the 700 block of Emerson Street, east of Erbes Road. Ventura County firefighters contained the flames to an attic in the garage, officials said.

Ventura County Sheriff’s staff were called to the scene around 10:20 a.m., the sheriff’s sergeant said. Tim Lohman, where they allegedly found a large scale marijuana grow operation at the site. No additional details were available Thursday regarding the size or number of factories involved.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two felony narcotics offences, Lohman said. He was incarcerated in the county jail and then released on bail.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday, Ventura County Fire Captain Bob Welsbie said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Research provides an answer to hazardous materials

VENTURA COUNTY — A warrant search of a home in an unincorporated enclave near Highway 33 on Tuesday afternoon prompted a major hazmat response when deputies reportedly found a drug lab at the site.

The incident took place around 2 p.m. in the 5000 block of Norway Drive. The area is on the east side of Highway 33, north of the Ventura city limits.

Detectives were conducting a warrant search for an investigation involving a non-fatal overdose, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Loman. During the search they found a “small-scale drug lab”, he said.

Last month, authorities received reports that two suspects, a 44-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, were selling fentanyl and methamphetamine outside the residence. The ensuing investigation included surveillance and the couple were reportedly observed selling narcotics.

During Tuesday’s search, detectives found a ‘clandestine’ drug lab operating in one of the bedrooms which was believed to have been used to manufacture a hallucinogenic drug known as DMT, for dimethyltryptamine, the authorities said. authorities.

Due to potentially hazardous chemicals at the scene, detectives requested a hazmat response from the Ventura County and City Fire Departments. A specialized Los Angeles County unit that investigates and collects evidence involving clandestine drug labs also responded, Lohman said.

Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of narcotics and conspiracy.

Lillian L. Pena