Here's a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies
Newbury Park man killed in Highway 23 crash
THOUSAND OAKS — A 61-year-old Newbury Park man died after his car went off the side of Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred around 11 p.m. on southbound Highway 23 where it crosses over Paige Lane. The site is near the southern end of Conejo Creek Park South.
The driver was traveling southbound in a 2021 Subaru SUV when, for reasons under investigation, his car went into the dirt center median and hit a guardrail, continuing in the dirt to a steep drop-off at Paige Lane, CHP officials said. The Subaru became airborne, landing on a bike path under the highway on Paige.
After hitting the bike path, the vehicle became airborne again, flipping end-over-end. It came to rest on its wheels on the south shoulder of Paige Lane. The driver, who was alone in the Subaru, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His name had not been released by the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office as of Tuesday evening.
The incident closed Paige Lane for about two-and-a-half hours but did not impact southbound 23 traffic, officials said.
The investigation remains ongoing by the CHP's Moorpark-area office. Anyone with information can reach investigators at 805-553-0800.
New commanding officer named for Port Hueneme Naval Division
Capt. Anthony "Tony" Holmes took over as the new commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division on Friday.
Holmes takes the position from Capt. Andrew Hoffman, who has overseen command since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have served in over 10 commands in my career, and there is something very special about the team at NSWC PHD,” Hoffman said in a statement. “We’ve accomplished so much during my time here, but mostly I will take with me memories of the amazing people who make up the Port Hueneme Division team.”
As commanding officer, Holmes will lead over 3,600 Navy workers, civilians and contractors charged with maintaining the fleet's weapons and systems. The division is headquartered at Naval Base Ventura County but manages detachments and remote sites in California, New Mexico, Virginia and Florida.
Oxnard man stabbed at park
OXNARD — A 21-year-old Oxnard man was stabbed during a robbery on Monday afternoon.
The Oxnard Police Department said the incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. at Johnson Creek Park, 501 Johnson Road.
The victim was sitting at a bench when he was approached by two subjects who demanded property from him. When the victim refused, he was accosted by the subjects who threw him on the ground and took his cell phone and wallet, authorities said.
The suspects then stabbed the victim twice in the back. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to police.
No arrests have been made and the incident is under investigation by the department's violent crimes unit. Anyone with information can call Oxnard police at 805-385-7600.
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Jeremy Childs is a general assignment reporter covering courts, crime and breaking news for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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