Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run

In Brief

By Hannah Guzik 03/27/2008

Enrique Lopez, a 50-year-old Ventura resident, was killed in a hit-and-run collision March 21 at 9 p.m. in Oxnard.

A white Chevy Cavalier struck Lopez as he was crossing Harbor Boulevard, south of Olivas Park Drive, police said.

The driver stopped momentarily, but then fled the scene towards Oxnard, according to the Ventura Police Department.

Witnesses reported the vehicle had significant front-end damage and a broken windshield and had fled south on Ventura Road, officials said.

Police said 20-year-old Rickertt Lozano Escalona, an Oxnard resident, was the driver of the car and arrested him on March 24. He was booked in Ventura County Jail.

According to police, it appears Escalona did not cause the accident, because Lopez was crossing midblock in an area not meant for pedestrian traffic.

Santa Clara Riverbed burns

A homeless camp in the Santa Clara Riverbed near Surfer’s Knoll at the Ventura Harbor caught fire March 21 at 2 a.m. and one acre of brush burned before fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze four hours later.

A large number of homeless people were staying in the area surrounding the burn area, but no one was injured in the incident, the Ventura Fire Department said.

Retirement community goes green

Leisure Village, a Camarillo retirement community, has taken steps to reduce water consumption by using recycled water on its greenbelts and golf course.  

The community will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the first tee box of the Leisure Village Golf Course to mark the completion of the water recycling project, the second in a four-phase water conservation plan.

When all four phases are completed – estimated to be in 2010 – the water project will save Leisure Village approximately 180 million gallons of potable water per year, according to a release.

Latino group to give $60,000 to county programs

Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund will award eight county groups with grants, totaling $60,000, on April 17.

The organizations selected to receive the grants are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, California State University Channel Islands Foundation, El Centrito Family Learning Centers, Friends of Blanchard Community Library, Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project, Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program and Westminster Free Clinic.

All of the groups work to improve literacy or healthcare in the Latino community.

The grants reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Derby Club, Island View Room, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., in Ventura. It is suggested that attendees make a contribution to the Destino Scholarship Fund.

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