The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the results of the 2014 marijuana eradication season. For the past several months, the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the United States Forest Service and the California National Guard have been working together to locate and eradicate illegal marijuana grows in Santa Barbara County. This year, most of the illegal grows were discovered on National Forest land by Santa Barbara County Air Support with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Bureau. In all, ten marijuana eradication operations were conducted resulting in the destruction and removal of 47,000 plants in 18 separate illegal marijuana gardens. The destroyed plants are worth an estimated str Read More »
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On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will tour classrooms for students with special needs in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. “Ensuring our special needs students and their schools have the resources they need is vitally important to our young people’s successful future,” Capps said. “These students—and their teachers–are incredible individuals. I look forward to spending some time with them as they learn.” The school district funds its special education program through a combination of federal, state, and local funding sources. The classrooms have historically served students with more significant special needs, and also include classes of 18 to 22-year-old adult learners. Capps will tour classes at Oceano Education Center and Arroyo Grande High School.Read More »
On Sunday, October 19, at 11:22 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Lompoc Sheriff’s substation responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Vandenberg Village. The disturbance was reported by neighbors. Sheriff’s deputies made contact with the resident, 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill, a Lompoc Police Officer, and his girlfriend. Hill is a detective with the Lompoc Police Department and was off-duty at the time of the incident. As a result of their investigation, the deputies determined that domestic violence had occurred and arrested Hill for assaulting his girlfriend during a fight inside the residence.
Hill was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for Domestic Violence. Later that day, he posted $25,000 bail and was released.Read More »
Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California are announcing the route for next year’s event, as well as another big change for the professional cycling race. Here on the Central Coast, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara will all host either a start or finish line. Stage 4 of the race will begin in Pismo Beach and end in Avila Beach. The 2015 race will see an unprecedented three days of professional cycling for women. Former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden will be fronting a team. The women’s race will start in South Lake Tahoe on May 8th before heading to Sacramento for the main race kickoff on May 10th. The host cities for the 10th anniversary of the eight-day event were announced at a news conference in Sacramento on Monday.Read More »
The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced that it has awarded several mini-grants to over 20 local law enforcement agencies to help them combat underage drinking, alcohol-related crime and educate ABC licensees about alcoholic beverage laws in California through ABC’s IMPACT Program. Mini-grants ranging from $7,400 to $25,000 have been awarded to 23 local law enforcement agencies throughout California.
The grants were awarded by the ABC after it received funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Communities receiving the mini-grants are Elk Grove, Escondido, Eureka, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Merced, Read More »
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 »
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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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 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 »
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 »