Richard Martinez, the father of deceased UCSB student Chris Martinez in the Isla Vista shooting, met with Peter Rodger, the father of shooter Elliot Rodger. Martinez discussed the details of his private meeting with Rodger on Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC, in which he said that he and Rodger agreed to work together to lobby politicians for tighter gun regulation. Martinez said in the interview that his almost 30 years of experience as an attorney helps him understand how the Rodgers are feeling, as he has worked in cases with good parents who have mentally ill children.Read More »
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Former Santa Maria Police Lieutenant Dan Ast wants his job back. Ast’s arbitration hearing began yesterday, in which Ast was accused of negligence that resulted in the death of Officer Albert Covarrubias. Covarrubias allegedly had an affair with a police explorer in 2012, and two officers, one of whom was Ast, attempted to arrest Covarrubias at a DUI checkpoint.
Covarrubias fired a weapon, and was killed by another officer. The new police chief at the time, Ralph Martin, fired Ast, saying that Ast’s poor decision-making resulted in Covarrubias’s death. Ast’s attorney argues that Ast has a solid record, calling him a whistleblower who is facing retaliation. When the hearing en Read More »
Four bicyclists participating in the AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride that continues today towards San Luis Obispo County are recovering from injuries they received after being hit by a pickup truck. Police say an unlicensed driver was pulling out of a gas station on Highway 1 north of Moss Landing yesterday morning when he hit the riders. The injured bicyclists were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor and moderate injuries. More than 23-hundred cyclists are participating in the event that continues today, along Highway 101 toward the Paso Robles Fairgrounds.Read More »
The Isla Vista community marched against gun violence on Saturday. The protesters met outside of the IV Deli, one of the ten locations that Elliot Rodger was at during his shooting spree on May 23. Many signs had the names of the victims, even though many of the protesters hadn’t met them. The protesters’ goal was to pressure politicians to curb gun violence, an action of the “Not One More” movement.Read More »
The season is officially over for the Cal Poly baseball team, after Pepperdine rallied in the ninth to win 10-6. The Mustangs overcame a 5-0 deficit by scoring six runs in the eighth inning to tie the game. Left-hander Chris Taylor received the loss. The Mustangs ended their season with a record of 47-12 and Pepperdine will move on to the Super Regionals.Read More »
An Oceano woman was arrested for mailing withdrawal drugs to an inmate in San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department County Jail Honor Farm. The woman, identified as Linda Johns, sent Thomas Rodriguez pieces of mail containing Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. Johns and Rodriguez were both arrested for sending a controlled substance to a jail and criminal conspiracy.
SLO County Jail was in partial lockdown on Friday after an inmate was found dead. Timothy Janowicz, 29, was found unresponsive at 5:40 a.m. by his cell mates and medical staff declared him dead. Janowicz, a transient, was arrested by Atascadero police on Nov. 20 for possession of a controlled substance for sale, carrying a concealed weapon and violating probation. The cause of death is still under investigation and an autopsy will be performed in the near future.Read More »
“Not one more”- the rallying cry by Richard Martinez after his son Chris Martinez was murdered in the Isla Vista shooting spree last Friday- has become big on social media. Martinez repeated the three words at the UCSB memorial on Wednesday, resulting in the audience chanting it and stomping their feet. The Twitter site predicts that over 28 million people have seen the #NotOneMore mantra. In response, California State Assembly Members Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) have proposed legislation allowing for a restraining order on individuals deemed too dangerous to own a gun.Read More »
A homicide occurred at the Atascadero State Hospital yesterday at 2:15 p.m. The murder took place when one patient attacked another, and after being rushed to the hospital the patient was pronounced dead at 3:00 p.m. An Atascadero State Hospital employee was also injured and was hospitalized. There are two suspects that are being held in the hospital under surveillance by the police.Read More »
A single vehicle rollover occurred yesterday morning at 10:05 at the Spring Street exit from Highway 101 North in Paso Robles. The car had two people inside who were involved in a domestic dispute. The male passenger grabbed the steering wheel and activated the emergency brake, which is what caused the rollover. He fled on foot while the female driver was trapped inside.
The suspect, identified as Atascadero resident Jeffrey Barnes, was found at the Albertson’s on Niblick Road and arrested for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. The unidentified driver was hospitalized for moderate injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening. The investigation is ongoing and a Read More »