Flynn defeats Starr in Oxnard Mayoral race
11/8/2018 3:04:33 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   After a contentious mayoral race, that started with a recall election earlier in the year, Incumbent Mayor Tim Flynn handily won re-election over challenger Aaron Starr, Nov. 6. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, the unofficial results show Incumbent Mayor Tim Flynn receiving 12,906 votes for 51.61 percent of the electorate, Aaron Starr getting 7,404 votes for 29.61 percent and 29.61 percent and Mario Quintana coming in third with 4,471 votes for 17.88 percent. In district one, Incumbent Bert Perello coasted to...

Bike ride by the sea a fun and relaxing event
11/8/2018 2:40:58 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Port Hueneme-- The City of Port Hueneme continued its 70th birthday celebration, Nov. 3, as Mayor Sylvia Munoz Schnopp led a group of about six people on a leisurely bike ride down to the lighthouse. The City of Port Hueneme was incorporated in March 1948, she said, and then began its celebration with a birthday party. Council members invited everyone who was also celebrating their 70th birthday. Schnopp said the event is the city’s first bike ride, and part of a series of events that celebrates its 70th...

Kelly's 'Blackface' Remarks Amplify Halloween Costume Debate
11/1/2018 10:45:25 PM

By Terry Tang PHOENIX (AP)—NBC talk show host Megyn Kelly's comments about blackface on Halloween have reinvigorated a debate over costumes that cross racial lines and what's appropriate at a time when diverse movie and TV characters like “Black Panther” have become hugely popular. The issue has reverberated across social media, from magazine articles about whether “Black Panther” is an OK costume for white children to protests against costumes that perpetuate Native American stereotypes. Social media debates have focused on whether political...

California Schools Race Sets Record for Most Expensive
11/1/2018 10:40:13 PM

By Sophia Bollag and Sally Ho   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan office that is featuring two Democrats vying for the job. It has no legislative authority but would be an important symbolic victory for the charter school movement. The role has long been eyed as a school choice prize for education policy...

A Look at the Science Used to Find Mail-Bomb Suspect
11/1/2018 10:36:41 PM

By Lisa Marie   A 56-year-old Florida man was charged Friday in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats. Experts had predicted that forensic evidence left behind by the bomb maker would help law enforcement track down a suspect. Here are some of the issues involved:   EXAMINING THE DEVICES The innards of the devices—the type of pipe used, the filler and the type of mechanism designed to set it off—offered all sorts of clues. Besides any genetic material that the alleged bomber left behind, the materials themselves often point...

Man Who Made Online Threats to Inglewood Courthouse Sentenced to Prison
11/1/2018 10:35:04 PM

By Fred Shuster   LOS ANGELES—A South Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to a year and a day behind bars for making online threats to kill law enforcement personnel and disrupt proceedings at the Inglewood courthouse. John Patrice Hale, 43, must also pay $6,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release—to include 20 hours of community service per week—following his federal prison term. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer recommended that Hale undergo a mental health evaluation while in custody and ordered him to self-surrender on...

L.A. County Votes to Keep Kids Out of Juvenile Halls
11/1/2018 10:33:18 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive plan to divert young offenders from the juvenile justice system and offer them programs and services to get their lives back on track. The move comes in advance of a state law set to take effect in January, prohibiting the prosecution of anyone under the age of 12 other than for crimes of rape and murder. Supervisor Hilda Solis said Senate Bill 439 recognizes criminal behavior by children as a bid for help and turns away from a historic bias toward...

Spooktacular conjures up fun at the Oxnard Police Department
11/1/2018 10:22:38 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   It was thrills, chills and candy galore at the Oxnard Police Department’s 2018 Spooktacular, Oct. 26, as children of all ages got dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume and toured the spooky halls of the police department. Outside there was lots of music and dancing as the children got psyched up for being scared and having fun. Chief Scott Whitney was smiling from ear-to-ear at the event, gave out candy, and stopped for plenty of photo opportunities with the children. He could not be reached for comment as...

Community gathers about bad smells and noise on Perkins Road
11/1/2018 10:21:09 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Community members from South Oxnard and Port Hueneme gathered to express their anger and frustration at Port Hueneme City Hall, Oct. 27, as the group gathered to organize and complain about foul odors coming from the wastewater treatment plant and paper recycling plant on Perkins Road. The meeting featured Charles Cable, chief engineer from the City of Port Hueneme, Tien Ng, Assistant Public Works Director from the City of Oxnard, Mike Villegas, from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and Matt Guthrie from...

Choosing NOT to Vote Still Impacts You
10/30/2018 10:46:17 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   “I Will Vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country. The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and threatened every day and those threats have become extremely rampant over the course of the last several months leading up to these important midterm elections in a few weeks. Early voting has begun in several states and the shenanigans have also increased. There have been a number of reports coming out...