News Releases

October 29, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that at 2:30 p.m. today, California law enforcement leaders and national nonprofit Childhelp will hold a press conference to discuss how they are working together to combat the rise in domestic violence during COVID-19.

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October 27, 2020

VENTURA, California – In recognition that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that illegal firearms represent a significant danger in domestic violence incidents.

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October 28, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that four individuals were arraigned yesterday on felony charges related to their alleged participation in a scheme to accept more than $3.8 million dollars in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

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October 27, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten, along with 30 other California District Attorneys and the Los Angeles City Attorney, announced today that Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neill has ordered New Jersey-based Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (“Bed Bath & Beyond”) to pay $1,498,750 as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution.

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October 27, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office along with the United States Attorneys for the three districts of California, and the District Attorneys of Sacramento, Alameda, and San Diego counties launched an outreach campaign to help victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 27, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that October is
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence affects every community, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, religion, race, or nationality. Twenty-three percent of women and fourteen percent of men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

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October 26, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today a collaboration with District Attorneys and United States Attorneys from across California, as well as the national nonprofit Childhelp, to share important facts and resources this week.

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October 21, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Judge Henry Walsh denied the demurrer of BSF Fitness (BSF), a gym located in the City of Ventura, to the complaint issued by the District Attorney’s Office. The Court’s ruling, issued October 20, 2020, allows the District Attorney’s unfair business competition case against BSF to proceed. Additionally, Judge Walsh found BSF in contempt of court for nineteen violations of a court-ordered preliminary injunction. This injunction, issued September 4, 2020, prohibited BSF from operating an indoor gym facility in violation of state and local health orders related to COVID-19. Judge Walsh had previously found BSF in contempt for having violated the injunction by operating indoors on September 8, 9, and 10, 2020. At the hearing, the court ordered BSF to pay $10,500 in contempt fines and awarded attorney fees to the District Attorney’s Office.

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October 21, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Michael Seidman (DOB 02/11/81), of Thousand Oaks, has been charged in Ventura County Superior Court with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the killing of Fred Rosenberg.

On October 17, 2020, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office arrested Seidman for driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury after he crashed nearly head-on into Mr. Rosenberg while traveling on Erbes Road in Thousand Oaks. Mr. Rosenberg, a resident of Westlake Village, died at the hospital two days after the collision.

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October 20, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that November 7, 2020, marks the second anniversary of the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill shooting, when 12 lives were taken, including on-duty Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ron Helus.

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