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Wine Festival Begins Today

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The 32nd annual Paso Robles Wine Festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. The festival celebrates everything the Paso Robles wine region offers, featuring special tastings, seminars, and more than 130 winery events. Saturday is the grand tasting. Paso Robles Downtown City Park will have wines from more than 60 wineries for tasting. Tickets are available at pasowine.com.

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Brush Fire in Lompoc

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A vegetation fire broke out in Lompoc yesterday around 1:30 p.m. on San Miguelito Canyon Road. About 700 acres have been burned. Reverse 911 calls had gone out to 1200 homes and businesses as well as numerous evacuation orders. Some evacuated residents can return to their homes, but there is still a mandatory evacuation order for people south of Willow Road. The fire is about 50% contained, with no property damage or injuries so far. A shift in the wind caused the fire to move towards Highway 1, causing Highway 1 to be closed for the day.

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Drug Raid in Arroyo Grande

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An Arroyo Grande drug raid led to the arrests of eight people last Thursday at around 7 a.m. on Sunset Drive. Police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cash at the Arroyo Grande home. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to electrical issues and other hazards. Thirty-nine-year-old David Blashaw was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and methamphetamine, 20-year-old Haley Dockstader was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and bringing a controlled substance into jail, 39-year-old Dani Niemas was arrested for possessing heroin for sales, 30-year-old Kara Jeffords was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, 33-year-old Matt Jeffers was arrested for possessing heroin Read More »

Counterfeit Bills Being Used in Cambria

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A Cambria antique store and gas station reported a group of individuals using counterfeit $100 bills in their stores. A man and two women entered the antique store within minutes of each other, separately purchased a small item, and each paid for that item with a counterfeit $100 bill for a total of $300. Shortly afterward, the three suspects and an additional female entered the gas station and used another $100 counterfeit bill.

The suspects are described as being in their early to mid-twenties, with the male wearing a black baseball hat, two of the females have blonde hair and one of the females having brown hair. The serial numbers on the counterfeit bills were all the same. The Sheriff's Offi Read More »

Woman Questioned for Fire Tuesday Morning

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A woman is being questioned for possibly being connected to a Santa Maria apartment fire Tuesday morning. Crews arrived to North Broadway around 6:15 a.m. and found one apartment unit on fire and smoke coming from nearby units and the attic. The unit where the fire started is completely wiped out. Two people were believed to be inside when the fire started and one of them has been detained. No one was injured in the fire.

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Possible Norovirus Outbreak at Cal Poly

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A Cal Poly student tested positive for norovirus and 27 other students have similar symptoms. The virus, which has symptoms that include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, is the primary cause for the stomach flu and lasts one to three days. It is believed that the virus spread from the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, which was held April 25-27. Treatment includes adequate hydration and medicine for nausea. Campus physician Dr. Greg Thomas says that the number of cases of norovirus on campus is dwindling and that they hope they’ve seen the worst of it.

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Tour of California to be on Central Coast by Tomorrow

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The Amgen Tour will arrive in the Central Coast by the end of tomorrow. Some of the best bicycle riders in the world are heading into a difficult Stage Three of the Amgen Tour of California today.  Unusually hot weather with temperatures in the 90s will challenge riders as they tackle the 108-mile ride from east San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park. 

The route will feature a ten-thousand-900-foot elevation change, crossing over the summit of both Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo. Stage Four tomorrow will start in Monterey and end in Cambria, and Stage Five will start on Thursday on the Pismo Beach Pier. Former Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins Read More »

DUI Suspect Arrested After Crash

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A driver was arrested for a DUI after crashing his car into a power pole at 9 Sunday evening in San Miguel. The crash caused numerous homes to lose power for a few hours. Twenty-four-year-old Juan Manuel Murillo Florez from Bradley, was driving north on Mission Street when he veered left and hit the pole. No other vehicles were involved and he was not injured in the crash.

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Skydiver Injured Yesterday

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A skydiver was injured yesterday morning at 11:15 from crashing into the North H Street bridge in Lompoc. The man was critically injured in the crash. He is expected to be in Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.

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Last Day of Plastic Grocery Bags in Santa Barbara

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Today is the last day to buy plastic bags at large grocery stores in Santa Barbara. Beginning Wednesday, a plastic bag ordinance goes into effect at 18 larger Santa Barbara stores and pharmacies. Single-use plastic bags will be banned, and customers will have the option to either bring reusable bags or buy paper bags at 10 cents each. Many Central Coast cities already have bag ordinances.
 

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