Dead man with 1,200 guns has connection to missing Oxnard woman
Twelve-hundred firearms, two-tons of ammunition and several hundred thousand dollars in cash were found in the home belonging to a man found decomposing in a van in Pacific Palisades last week. Now, his connection to a formerly missing Oxnard woman has deepened the mystery surrounding the case.
The body of Jeffrey Lash had been decomposing for two weeks before being discovered by authorities. Lash’s fiancée, Catherine Nebron, has said that Lash died on July 4 in a parking lot in Santa Monica. Nebron and Dawn VadBunker, who had been reported missing in Oxnard on July 10, took Lash back to his home and left for Oregon.
VadBunker told family members that she would be in Santa Monica visiting her boss. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon discovered VadBunker’s vehicle on the morning of Wednesday, July 15, and after confirming her well-being, VadBunker told local police that she would be in touch with her family.
Nebron told authorities that she believed Lash when he said that he was an undercover agent working for the CIA, FBI and several government agencies, which explained his wealth and stash of weapons and vehicles — eight of 14 having been located around Los Angeles after Lash’s body was discovered, one being a submersible aquatic vehicle.
VadBunker’s mother told a local news affiliate that she was told by her daughter that Lash was a half-alien human hybrid. So far, authorities have not announced whether or not charges will be filed in connection with the death of Jeffrey Lash.
Kids Garden Brigade gives kids an opportunity to get hands dirty
Kids: It’s time to play in the dirt.
The Kids Garden Brigade, a project launched by the nonprofit Restore Ventura, seeks to offer kids an opportunity to learn how to grow their own garden vegetables and, in turn, learn where their food comes from.
The proposed plot, located at 572 N. Ventura Ave., next to the Senior Center, will house a chicken coop, several raised beds for gardening, a mulch pit and landscaping featuring a seating area with a canopy and paths through the garden. A small office will also be housed at the location.
Now, organizers are seeking volunteers and contributions to get the project off of the ground. Restore Ventura is seeking sponsors for fruit trees, planter box materials, a barbecue, lighting, fencing and more.
Restore’s goal of $50,000 would cover all of this plus an aquaponics system, and all donations are tax deductible. Currently, the Kids Garden Brigade meets every Thursday just a few blocks from the new proposed site.
Gerardo Gallegos, director of operations at Restore Ventura, says that the garden will give children in the neighborhood an opportunity to learn and have fun in a working environment.
“We want this to be a place where they can go and hang out and not have to find something to do it in other negative activities,” said Gallegos. “We want them to take ownership of it and say we built it and turned it into something.”
For more information and volunteer opportunities with Restore Ventura and the Kids Garden Brigade, visit www.facebook.com/RestoreVentura.
Solarize Ventura program extended
Ventura residents will have until Aug. 15 to sign up for a discounted solar panel installation after an extension to the rebate program known as Solarize Ventura.
The program, offered in partnership with the city of Ventura and the Community Environmental Council, has so far provided 70 households with solar panel installation, helping the homeowners to reduce their electricity bills.
“The Solarize program offers Ventura homeowners a streamlined process and a discounted price for solar from vetted installers,” said Jefferson Litten, the Environmental Council’s Solarize program manager.
The program opened on April 22 and offered discounted rates to homeowners who met three requirements: Live within the city of Ventura, own a suitable home for solar installation and sign a contract with a vetted installer during the designated time period.
Ventura is one of several cities in the county that offer solar installation through a group purchasing discount, including Ojai and Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/es#solarize.