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Attorney Ron Bamieh weighs in on the Ventura County Christian School being forced to close.
CBN News

Attorneys representing a private Christian school in Ventura, California say district board members are attempting to shut down the school for religious reasons. The school is now fighting a property battle that comes after the district tried to get the school to agree to hire teachers who don't share their Christian beliefs.

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Attorney Danielle De Smeth is representing the family of Misael Sanchez, after the Oxnard soccer game attack.
VC Star

The family of a Port Hueneme man who died two weeks after a fight broke out during an adult soccer league match in Oxnard this month is asking witnesses to come forward.

Sanchez was gravely injured during a melee that broke out during a game on July 10 at Oxnard High School, according to the Oxnard Police Department. He was taken to Ventura County Medical Center in critical condition. On Monday, he died from his injuries.

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Attorney De Smeth asks for witnesses in Oxnard soccer fatal attack.
Yahoo News

Relatives of Misael Sanchez, 29, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the family's Ventura law firm.

Sanchez — called "Misa" by friends — was the first in his family to attend a university. He was a biomedical scientist who had earned a master's degree from Cal State Northridge and was working on his doctorate, relatives said.

“He had lots of dreams and a life ahead of him,” his father, Guadalupe Sanchez, said in Spanish. “The death of my son wasn’t an accident. We wish for justice.”

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Investigator cancels talk on Santa Clara waste plant probe after threat of litigation
VC Star

The lead investigator in a 2014 explosion at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. plant canceled a presentation Tuesday night after receiving a threatening letter from the owners who fear it might jeopardize the reopening of the facility.

An attorney for the owners, C3 Capital Partners of Kansas City, Missouri, warned the retired Ventura County District Attorney's investigator Jeff Barry that he should be "extremely careful" about what he disclosed now that he is a private citizen.

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“GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY” | Investment firm forces investigator to cancel presentation

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, many of those seated in the full house at the Regency Santa Paula 7 movie theater gasped audibly when attorney Ron Bamieh revealed that the presentation scheduled that night would not take place due to his client being threatened with a lawsuit by a Missouri based law firm.

"Jeff got a letter...threatening him with a lawsuit should he talk about his experience investigating the case…He was fully intending to speak and make a presentation about the truth behind the investigation,” said Bamieh standing at the wooden lectern in front of a bare white screen. “I’ve advised Jeff not to speak.”

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Opinion: We can equip ourselves with the tools to save our kids
Pacific Coast Business Times

Last year the Thacher School in Ojai turned to a team of lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson to document what many already knew: The school failed to properly protect its students and alumni — including by failing to follow up in some instances on students’ concerns about or reports of sexual misconduct.

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Closing arguments begin in man's murder trial over Camarillo High teenager's death
VC Star

Ostertag, 24, is accused of fatally stabbing 16-year-old Daniel Morales in the heart during a fight outside a Camarillo Taco Bell around lunchtime on Aug. 31, 2015. He is also accused of dissuading a witness, Morales' friend, from reporting the incident to police. Ostertag also faces a special allegation he personally used a weapon during the alleged murder.

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Child Crime Arrest
Ventura Police Department

On November 11th, 2021, VPD’s Special Victim’s Unit received a referral from Children and Family Services regarding a sexual abuse allegation of a 14-year-old girl. The victim is now 21 years old.

Detectives began an investigation into the allegation of sexual abuse of a child by the suspect who was a youth pastor at The River Community Church in Ventura.

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Former Oxnard fire marshal accused of sexual harassment
Ventura County Star

Five women have accused Oxnard's former fire marshal of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in Ventura County Superior Court.

The unnamed women are current and former fire department employees. They claim they were subject to "unwelcome, pervasive sexual advances" by Martinez. The alleged behavior included defamation, stalking and physical assaults.

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