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California Prosecutor [CDAA] Interview with Benjamin Moreno
California Prosecutor [CDAA] interview with Susan Park
2021 Peace Officer’s Memorial

May is Peace Officer’s Memorial Month. We normally have a full in-person ceremony in Ventura to honor all of the peace officers in Ventura County who have been taken from us in the line of duty. This year, once again, we created this video as a “virtual memorial” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to watch this video and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of Ventura County.

District Attorney Nasarenko’s Statement Regarding the Armenian Rememberance Day

Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko’s statement regarding Armenian Remembrance Day.

Notable Cases

Lemon Packing Facility Settles Case for Unlawful Release of Air Contaminant
On February 8, 2019, a malfunction of fruit washing equipment at the Association’s facility triggered the release of commercial grade sodium hypochlorite into the air. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in household bleach and is used to sterilize fruit prior to packing. Two local schools, Blanchard Elementary School and Briggs School, were required to ...
Fisherman Settles Case Involving Diesel Spill at Ventura Harbor
On June 2, 2018, the Ventura Harbor District (VHD) was notified that Albatro was listing in its slip. Upon arriving on scene, VHD observed red dye diesel in the water surrounding the sinking boat. The United States Coast Guard and the VHD immediately performed containment and cleanup efforts to control and collect the fuel spill. ...
Settlement Reached in Fuel Spill at Camarillo Airport
On February 19, 2019, a Sun Air employee was filling a 3,000 gallon mobile refueler truck containing jet A-1 fuel. A refueler overfill protection device malfunctioned, resulting in a significant amount of jet fuel being released into the environment.

News Releases

October 15, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that an Oxnard juvenile was charged with the death of 16-year-old Alexander Belleza. The minor is charged with murder and with the crime of shooting at an occupied vehicle. The minor is also charged with the special allegation of using a firearm in the commission of ...
October 13, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that on October 13, 2021, Nick Langkilde (DOB 06/12/78), of Oxnard, pled guilty to two counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of forcible rape of a minor.
October 6, 2021
District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Ricardo Vargas Castro (DOB 01/02/88), of Port Hueneme, pled guilty to felony automobile insurance fraud.
October 5, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Julio Cesar Sanchez (DOB 06/10/82), of Oxnard, has been charged with second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run resulting in the death of a 16-year-old victim.
September 24, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Jahshua Jarrett (DOB 05/14/98) of Santa Paula, was sentenced to 11 years for voluntary manslaughter.
September 23, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that a jury found Tim Gautier (DOB 06/21/65), of Thousand Oaks, guilty of first-degree murder in his wife’s death. The jury also found that Gautier used a gun to cause her death.

Public Reports

February 12, 2021
Report on the July 5, 2019, shooting of Joshua Ortiz by California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Putzel.
December 17, 2020
Report on the November 7, 2018, Use of Deadly Force by California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Barrett and Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ronald Helus at the Borderline Bar & Grill Mass Shooting Incident.
October 2, 2020
Report on the October 10, 2018, shooting of Michael Johnson by Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russell King and Deputy Justyn Czyrklis.

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