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Two College Students Trapped on Bishop Peak

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At approximately 8:00 pm on last Saturday, the San Luis Obispo City Police & Fire Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the cell phone of two college-aged students who were trapped on the North face of Bishop Peak.  They reported that they were not injured, but had miscalculated the time it would take to climb down from the very high position they were currently stuck in.  It was now dark and they could not find their way safely down to the trail system. During the earlier daylight hours, the two uninjured victims had gone off-trail and climbed up a steep gulley to a lookout spot at the top of Shadow Wall, a named climbing face on the peak.  Using a location finding method via cell phone towers, our Dispatch Center was able to pinpoint the approximate location of the victi Read More »

Housekeeper at Motel 6 Was Accosted on Saturday

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On October 18, shortly before 1:00 p.m. a housekeeper was accosted at Motel 6 South in San Luis Obispo. The door to the motel room had been left ajar while the housekeeper was cleaning the room. Benjamin Kuhzarani entered the room, dropped his pants to his ankles, and exposed himself to the housekeeper. Kuhzarani then slammed the motel room door closed, locking himself in the room with the housekeeper. The terrified housekeeper began to yell at Kuhzarani, causing Kuhzarani to flee from the room.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies were at the motel on an unrelated call for service and saw Kuhzarani running from the scene. The Sheriff Deputies were familiar with Kuhzarani and were able to provide his identification to the responding San Luis Obispo Police Officers.

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Driver Arrested for DUI After Crashing

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On October 18,  shortly after 2:00 p.m. a gray 2002 Ford F-150 truck driven by Lisa Rae Davis rear-ended a gray 2008 Subaru Outback driven by a 46-year old female resident of San Luis Obispo. The Subaru had been stopped for a red traffic light at the intersection of Marsh and Nipomo Streets in San Luis Obispo. The impact caused a minor injury to the driver of the Subaru.  San Luis Obispo Police Officers conducted an investigation and determined   Davis had been driving her vehicle while impaired by alcohol (DUI) at the time of the injury collision. Furthermore, Officers discovered   Davis was driving her vehicle with a suspended California driver’s license that had been suspended for a prior DUI.   Davis also had an active warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on a Read More »

Three Arrested After High Speed Pursuit

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Three suspects are in custody following a high speed pursuit that started in the City of Buellton and ended with the vehicle hitting a Sheriff’s patrol car and crashing into a tree in a City of Santa Barbara neighborhood.   The two female suspects are the same ones involved in an October 3, 2014 pursuit on Highway 154 involving the same black Cherokee Jeep.  34-year-old Shane Lydick of Thousand Oaks,  36-year-old  Kristy DeLaCerna of Thousand Oaks and 24-year-old Camilla DePerna aka: Jessica Walters of Los Osos.   Both Lydick and DePerna, who were both believed to be drivers at different points in the pursuit, were arrested for felony evading with a motor vehicle.  All three suspects were additionally booked for possession of burglary tools.  DePerna also had a no bail fe Read More »

Asian Citrus Psyllids Found in SLO

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Insect trappers from the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture have found more adult Asian Citrus Psyllids in a residential neighborhood in northern San Luis Obispo. Three adult Psyllids were found on a single property located very close to the original site in the northern part of the city of San Luis Obispo. Asian Citrus Psyllid is an insect that could spread Huanglongbing, also called citrus greening disease, a plant disease that is fatal to all types of citrus trees. A single citrus tree infected with Huanglongbing was found in a Los Angeles County backyard in 2012. To date no additional detections of the disease in California have occurred. The disease does not affect human or animal health and citrus fruit is safe for human consumption. Regulations restricting the m Read More »

Critical Shortage of Precinct Workers for General Election

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The County Clerk-Recorder’s office is experiencing a critical shortage of precinct workers for the November 4th General Election. The shortage is most prevalent in Cambria, Paso Robles and the 5 cities area. San Luis Obispo County employs approximately 1,000 precinct workers each election to work at the polls on Election Day and without a fully staffed precinct, voters could experience longer lines and delays in voting. Precinct workers must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter in California or a lawful permanent resident of the United States. While the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. half day shifts are also available.

The Clerk-Recorder staff goes to a tremendous amount of work to conduct an election, but without precinct workers to Read More »

Train Victim Identified

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the victim who was fatally injured by a train on October 11, 2014 at just before 6 p.m. at the Union Pacific railroad trestle at Vista Point.  The victim is 26-year-old Mingyue Yuan, a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara.  The Chinese Consulate and the University of California Santa Barbara assisted the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office in making a next of kin notification in China.

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Woman That Was Killed in Lompoc is Identified

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The woman who was shot and killed at a residence in Lompoc Monday night has been identified as 37-year-old Rebecca Maxine Yap. She was allegedly shot by 64-year-old Clay Martin Burt Murray, who was at the home on the 300 block of N. Daisy Street when police arrived. Yap was still conscious but died at a hospital later on. Yap identified the shooter as Murray before she died. Murray was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of murder.

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Voter Registration Deadline is Approaching

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As preparations for the General Election continue, voters are reminded that Monday, October 20, 2014 is the last day to register to vote. Voters who have moved or changed their name must complete a new voter registration. Voter registrations must be postmarked or received in the County Clerk-Recorder’s office by October 20th for voters to be eligible to vote on November 4th. Voters can also now use the California online voter registration system available at www.slovote.com to register to vote up until midnight on October 20th. Any voter registering by this deadline will receive a postcard with their polling place location. They will not receive the sample ballot booklet issued by the County or the state voter guide, however both of these publications are available on the respecti Read More »

Highway 41 Closures Next Week

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Highway 41 will be fully closed in both directions from the Highway 46 East/Highway 41 Interchange in Cholame to State Route 33 in Kings County on Wednesday, October 22 from 8 am to 6 pm for highway maintenance work which will include mowing, shoulder repair, sweeping, pavement crack sealing and delineation repairs. Motorists may use the following detours during this one-day project: motorists headed northbound will continue on Highway 46 East to State Route 33 to Highway 41; motorists headed southbound on Highway 41 will detour to State Route 33 to Highway 46 East; Kecks Road at Hwy. 46 East will be closed to all motorists during this road work. This detour will add an additional 27 miles/minutes to the regular commute for a total of a 50 mile detour.  Message boards have been acti Read More »

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