Friday, July 29th, 2016


Annual Crime Statistics Down in Santa Maria


Annual crime statistics released by the Santa Maria Police Department. They indicate robberies are down 11%. Auto theft dropped 26%. But there was a 9% increase in violent crime. 13 homicides reported, compared to just three from the previous year. Most of those murders were gang related. Forcible rapes increased from 44 to 53. Police made 6,000 arrests in 2015, …

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Morro Bay Police Officer Testifies Against Burglary Suspect


A Morro Bay police officer testified yesterday in the trial of a 20-year-old burglary suspect charged with assaulting the officer. 20-year-old Alec Bryan Stephenson is accused of bashing officer Dale Cullum with a tree limb back in October. Stephenson allegedly struck the officer after he responded to a call regarding a commercial burglary on Quintana Road.  With blood streaming down …

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Morro Bay Reverses Ordinance Banning RV and Boat Parking in Yards


Morro Bay City Council reverses itself on an ordinance banning RV and boat parking in yards and driveways. After issuing about 100 warning notices, the backlash inspires the council to change their law. It’s now OK for city residents to park their boats and RVs in the yards. The planning commission will review the code.

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Missing Navy Tug Boat Discovered


Nearly a century after it disappeared, a missing US Navy tug boat is discovered off the coast of California. The USS Conestoga disappeared with 56 men aboard back on March 25th, 1921. The Navy launched a search and rescue effort which was second only to the search for Amelia Earhart. Two years ago, a survey near the Farallon Islands off …

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Today in Sports


The Cal Poly baseball team opens a three game series this afternoon at Wichita State. Cuesta baseball hosts Fresno City College at one this afternoon at Cuesta The Cuesta softball team host Pierce College at 2:30 this afternoon In high school baseball, Yesterday Tempelton beat Morro Bay 7-5 Paso Robles shuts out Arroyo Grande 4-0 San Luis blanks St Joseph …

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Desalination Plan Gets Unanimous Vote to Move Forward


San Luis Obsipo County Supervisors vote unanimously to move forward on plans to develop the Diablo Desalination Plant to provide water for the South County. The county may spend up to $36 million to enhance the Diablo Plant’s desal system, building new pipeline and improving current pipeline. Although the vote was unanimous, critics vehemently oppose the plan, saying it will …

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Foster Father Sentenced to 20 Years for Child Rape


A former foster father sentenced yesterday to 20 years to life in prison for child rape. 51-year-old Robert Bergner of Nipomo reached a plea deal with the county district attorney. At his sentencing yesterday, the foster and adopted daughter read a statement detailing the struggles she faced for years. The girl, her brother and her sister were taken away from …

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Lompoc Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Counterfeit Software


A Lompoc man pleads guilty to a federal charge of trafficking counterfeit software. 52-year-old Jeffrey Scott Patterson faces up to ten years in federal prison. Investigators estimate Patterson made more than one half million dollars over eight years selling the counterfeit software. Patterson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27th.

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Arson at SLO High School


San Luis Obsipo High School officials attribute the fire at their baseball equipment shed to arson. The fire Friday night caused more than $25,000 in damages. Fire officials suspect the fire started in a portable toilet and then burned two storage units next to it.  It destroyed $25,000 worth of equipment inside. It’s one of a series of arson fires …

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No Resolution Reached in Orcutt and Santa Maria School Districts


Still no resolution to the contract dispute in the Orcutt and Santa Maria school districts. Friday night, dozens of teachers turned out to rally for a pay raise in Orcutt. Orcutt’s teachers union says teachers there make far less than teachers with the same qualifications in Santa Maria.  After ten years of service, the difference is about $12,000 per year. …

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