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Stabbing Incident Results in Two Arrests

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On September 19, 2014 at about 10:18pm, Paso Robles Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Niblick Rd. for a stabbing that had just occurred. Upon arrival it was discovered that all of the involved parties were no longer at the scene. The victim of the assault, a 31 year old Paso Robles resident, returned to the scene and contacted Officers identifying himself as the victim of the stabbing. He had sustained an apparent knife wound to his forearm that required sutures. The victim described being in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, when he was confronted by two suspects. The suspects suddenly struck the victim while he was sitting in his car, and at some point stabbed the victim. The victim was treated and released for his injuries at Twin Cities Community Hospit Read More »

Jury Convicts Man of Kidnapping for Extortion

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A jury in Santa Maria convicted Raymond Daniel Macias of kidnapping for extortion with the special allegations of causing substantial injury, principal use of a firearm, and the criminal street gang allegation. Raymond Macias is facing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole based on his conviction today. Macias was a leader of the Sureno gangs in Santa Barbara County for several years and was working directly for a prominent and violent prison gang.

On January 3, 2013 several gang members lured John Doe to a garage in Lompoc. While in the garage, gang member Luis Alfredo Almanza struck John Doe in arm with a hatchet. Other gang members then tied up John Doe, duct taped his mouth, and tied him to a milk crate on top of plastic covering the floor and walls. Several Read More »

30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

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ECOSLO hosted the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20th, from 9 AM to Noon. Based on preliminary results from   Site Captain volunteers, there was less trash and marine debris on the beaches this year than last year. Over 1050 volunteers picked up over 3,600 pounds of trash and recyclables on over 56 miles of San Luis Obispo County coast and shorelines.

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Narcotics Search Warrant Served

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On Friday at approximately 1:00pm, Paso Robles Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team Detectives served a narcotics related search warrant in the 700 block of Spring St. During the service of the warrant, a laptop computer was located that was identified as stolen property from a recent residential burglary that had occurred three days prior. A stolen credit card was also located, whose owner had reported the credit card had been taken during a recent vehicle burglary.

Brandon Michael Loewen of Paso Robles- was arrested for possession of stolen property, sales of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives also located evidence on Loewen that implicated a male juvenile’s involvement in possessing the stolen laptop. That juvenile was contacted in the 1 Read More »

Two Arrested in Fight Related Death

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On Thursday, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel in connection with the death of 54-year-old Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano of San Miguel. Medrano died during a fight with the suspects on Sept 7 outside the Elk Horn Bar in San Miguel. The suspects in this case are employed as correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. Detectives responded to the Salinas area and Woolf was arrested at his place of employment without incident. Both are being charged with voluntary manslaughter. This investigation was lengthy, complicated by the number of individuals involved, and by conflicting statements from some of those individuals. Additional information discovered during the investigation Read More »

Animal Rescue Team Encourages Motorists to Look Out for Wildlife

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As the drought is drawing wildlife in search of food and water from remote areas to urban roads and highways, The Animal Rescue Team, Inc. (ART) is encouraging motorists to participate in California’s statewide “Watch Out for Wildlife” week by taking the following special precautions while driving:

1. Be alert when driving in wildlife areas, such as Highways 154 and 246. Scan both sides of the road for animals, watch for wildlife signs, and never drive distracted.

2. Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Reducing your speed will increase your response time to avoid colliding and killing a crossing animal.

3. Limit driving in wildlife areas at night. More than 90 percent of wildlife collisions occur at night. During d Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday night, September 19, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. DUI checkpoints are conducted in specific locations of frequent impaired driving arrests.  Our goal is to deter impaired driving by apprehending the impaired drivers, and also educating the public towards safe driving. A driver with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more is considered an impaired driver, along with a driver under the influence of any drugs, alcohol or a combination of drugs/alcohol, which impair their physical or mental abilities to drive a vehicle with the same prudent care as of a sober person.

Drugs that might impair a driver could be any Read More »

Phone Scam Targeting Santa Barbara County

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley alerts our community about an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers in Santa Barbara County, as reported incidents of this crime rise locally and nationwide. Santa Barbara County residents reported callers falsely claiming to represent the IRS and warns people they are behind on their taxes and must make immediate payments to avoid arrest or other legal action including deportation.  In some instances when the scammers are unsuccessful, they call back and try a new strategy.  Potential victims may even be told they are entitled to tax refunds and to collect the refund they must reveal personal and financial information. The Internal Revenue Service has issued two warnings of this pervasive telephone scam in April and again Read More »

Capps Leads Another Fight Against Offshore Drilling

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) has led yet another fight against an effort to expand offshore drilling in several sensitive areas nationwide, including the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The bill, H.R. 2, passed on a largely partisan vote, 226-191. Capps offered four amendments to the bill to protect public health and coastal economies, but all amendments were blocked from consideration, including debate or a vote, on the House floor. H.R. 2 is not new legislation. Instead, it is a repackaging of bills that have already been considered and passed on largely party lines by the House, and represents the fifth time in four years that the House has attempted to require new drilling leasing off the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In addition, the bill includes numero Read More »

NRC Denies Dissent From Inspector That Says Diablo Canyon is Vulnerable to Earthquakes

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Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a dissent by the former chief inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, who said new seismic data show the plant may be vulnerable to earthquakes of greater magnitude than allowed by its license. On the same day, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. released a long-awaited seismic study that, like the NRC’s ruling, also claimed that Diablo Canyon is safe. Today, Friends of the Earth, joined by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Mothers for Peace and the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine whether the NRC and PG&E improperly worked together on a public relations strategy to counteract widespread news coverage of the inspector’s dissent. According to the Read More »

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