Gretchen Wenner, Ventura County Star

Gretchen Wenner

Ventura County Star

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

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Past articles by Gretchen:

Sudden change in leadership at Santa Paula-based Calavo amid third-quarter loss

Santa Paula's avocado industry giant, Calavo Growers Inc., this week announced the immediate retirement of its CEO amid a third-quarter loss. → Read More

An update, and a thank you, on the Star's education coverage

The Star is now in its second year with education reporter Shivani Patel, thanks to the Report for America program. → Read More

Sex crimes case may have more victims, authorities say

A man has been accused of sexual assaults in Ventura and Los Angeles counties between 2012 and 2020. → Read More

Bacteria at Surfers Point Beach triggers warning

Swimmers, surfers and others are being warned to stay out of the water at Surfers Point Beach in Ventura → Read More

'He was absolutely covered in bees': Stings send landscape workers to hospital

A tree trimmer immobilized by a leg injury was one of three people sent to the hospital by severe bee stings Wednesday in Thousand Oaks. → Read More

Driver in Highway 101 crash that killed Ventura teen pleads not guilty to felony charges

The driver in a crash that killed a teen on Highway 101 was released from jail even after prosecutors sought a bail increase during an emotional court hearing. → Read More

New details emerge in fatal Highway 101 crash in Ventura

The victim of Sunday's fatal crash on Highway 101 in Ventura was a 16-year-old Ventura girl, the CHP reported Monday. → Read More

Man drives to Oxnard police headquarters after getting shot in Port Hueneme

A gunshot victim drove himself to Oxnard police headquarters Sunday after reportedly getting shot in Port Hueneme, officials said. → Read More

Two crashes on Highway 101 in Ventura leave one dead, one arrested, four injured Sunday

A fatal accident on southbound Highway 101 in Ventura early Sunday led to the driver's arrest, while a second crash in backed-up traffic injured two. → Read More

Fireworks warnings trickle out as July Fourth nears

Ventura County law enforcement agencies are reminding residents about fireworks rules as July Fourth approaches. → Read More

Brush fire burning in Meiners Oaks area Friday evening

Firefighters responded to a brush fire burning near an orchard in the Meiners Oaks area outside Ojai Friday evening. → Read More

Suspected road rage incident leads to gunfire in Simi Valley

A man who allegedly shot out another driver's rear window after a road rage incident was arrested this week in Simi Valley. → Read More

Thousand Oaks has new police chief

A new police chief was appointed for Thousand Oaks Thursday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and city officials announced. → Read More

Crews respond to fast-moving brush fire near Lake Casitas

A brush fire near Lake Casitas Monday afternoon brought a large firefighting response. → Read More

Suspected DUI crash in Port Hueneme injures three; witnesses sought

Police are looking for witnesses to a suspected DUI crash in Port Hueneme Saturday evening that injured three, including a boy. → Read More

Fatal motorcycle accident slows southbound Highway 101 in Camarillo

A motorcycle rider died in a crash on southbound Highway 101 in Camarillo Sunday afternoon, officials said. → Read More

Sheriff's detectives seize firearms cache after shots fired toward Somis residence

Sheriff's detectives seized a cache of firearms from a Somis man's home after shots were allegedly fired toward a neighboring residence. → Read More

Camarillo police seek witnesses to pedestrian accident on Lewis Road

Camarillo authorities want to talk to anyone who saw an early morning accident on Lewis Road last week that seriously injured a pedestrian. → Read More

Murder charge filed in fatal Simi Valley house fire on Talbert Avenue

Ventura County prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man, 29, after a fatal house fire in Simi Valley on June 7. → Read More

Police dogs assist arrests in Ventura and Simi Valley

K-9 dogs helped officers in Ventura and Simi Valley with recent arrests, including one where a dog bit a noncompliant armed suspect. → Read More