News Story


Ojai - Probation Searches and Arrests
5/4/2017 2:52:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Probation Searches



Ojai Valley

Date & Time:

April 30th 2017,

Unit(s) Responsible:

West County Patrol, Ojai Station

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Jose Lopez

Juan Lopez

Michael Higgins

George Hallmark

David Ross

Michelle Fearing

William Blake

Shane Young

Dylan Merry

Brian Kruft

Olivia Tsui

Robert Burnett


Mira Monte

Mira Monte

Mira Monte

Oak View

Oak View

Oak View

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks



On Saturday April 30, 2017, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Ojai Valley Station deployed 4 deputies into the field for the purpose of conducting probation / parole sweeps in the unincorporated area of the Ojai Valley.  Patrol deputies assigned to the Ojai Valley Station wanted to take a proactive approach and focus the searches primarily on drug users and thieves.  This operation was funded by a California State grant for supervising post-release and serious habitual offenders, due to state prison realignment. 


The objective of the operation was to take a zero-tolerance approach to enforcing the individuals probation / parole terms as outlined by the court.  At approximately 8 AM, Sheriff's Deputies began knocking on doors of the 4 targeted residences.  The residential searches included the areas of Mira Monte, Oak View and Meiners Oaks.   


The operation netted 12 arrests, for charges that included the following: Under the influence of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics (heroin), and warrants. 


Subjects were either given a citation and released, booked into the Ventura County Jail, or had warrant declarations submitted for their offenses. 




Prepared by:

Captain James Fryhoff


News Release Date:

May 2nd, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Shane Matthews 805-947-8200


Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff