Ojai man charged in death of family pet

An Ojai man was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty after allegedly strangling and maiming his father’s dog.

Donhvon Henry Snyder

On Dec. 31, 2018, authorities launched an investigation into the death of Victoria, a 10-year old Chihuahua mix, after a report was received by the Ojai Police Station of the death of the dog. The Ojai Police transferred the case to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which services Ojai and the unincorporated area around the city.

The suspect, 35-year-old Donhvon Henry Snyder, allegedly hated the family pet and had allegedly killed it in November, authorities learned. Further investigation revealed that Snyder had allegedly maimed the dog prior to strangling it. Snyder’s father led authorities to the site where Victoria had been buried, and a Ventura County Animal Control officer exhumed the body.

A necropsy performed on Victoria revealed trauma around the neck and that the dog had suffered from several broken bones prior to the strangulation.

Snyder plead not guilty on Jan. 3 to the counts and will appear in court again in February.

American Pickers coming to Ventura, seeks contestants

Have a lot of junk in the trunk? Perhaps it could be worth something to the hosts of American Pickers, who are looking for interesting items to feature when they visit Ventura in March.

The History Channel show follows the exploit of antique “pickers” Mike and Frank as they scour the wide and exciting world of old stuff, some of which could be exceedingly valuable, or can be recycled and made useful once again.

The producers are seeking interesting items with equally fascinating stories to feature, in particular, large, private collections that the hosts can spend the day browsing.

For more information and to inquire, call 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or AmericanPickers@cineflix.com.

Weather closes campgrounds in Ventura, Channel Islands

A series of storms have forced the closure of two local campgrounds in Ventura and at the Channel Islands National Park.

California State Parks closed McGrath State Beach on Monday, Jan. 7, due to flooding from the Santa Clara River Estuary. The oft-flooded campground is home to hundreds of wildlife species. Officials have no timeline for when the park will reopen, concluding that the waters will need to recede before repairs and cleanup can begin.

Meanwhile, across the channel, a partial campground closure on Santa Cruz Island has been declared due to hazardous conditions prompted by a downed tree.

The Upper Scorpion Campground will be closed until further notice after a eucalyptus tree fell, partially obstructing safe access. The closure will affect visitors to the Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail and the Upper Scorpion Canyon Trail to Potato Harbor, though Potato Harbor will still be accessible from the Cavern Point Trail.

Officials say that they are considering utilizing recreation fee funds to address the matter.

Fatal police shooting closes 101 over weekend

A police shooting that left a suspect dead on the 101 freeway on Saturday left the busy thoroughfare closed in both directions for much of the day.

The Los Angeles County Coroner identified Dimas Diaz Jr., 43, of Santa Barbara as the suspect involved in the high speed chase through Ventura County, ending dramatically just after the Lost Hills exit around noon Saturday, Jan. 12.

The California Highway Patrol began the pursuit after a domestic violence call originating from Camarillo tipped officers off to Diaz. It was learned that Diaz was wanted in another state for violations of his parole and was considered armed and dangerous.