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Felon Arrested with Firearms

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A convicted felon from the Cuyama area is in Santa Barbara County Jail after he was found to be in possession of several firearms. A woman called 9-1-1 from a home in the Ventucopa area last Tuesday at 4 a.m. to say she was being threatened by a man with a shotgun. The police did not find the woman, but did find the homeowner, 62-year-old Marc Steele. 

Steele, a convicted felon, told police he had gotten into a disagreement with a female escort and her male chaperone over payment.  He denied threatening the escort but admitted to having a shotgun.  Police confiscated the shotgun and arrested Steele for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Later that day, police searched Steele& Read More »

Two Fires Over the Weekend

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Two fires occurred in the Central Coast this past weekend. The first fire happened at a home on Hemlock Avenue in Morro Bay at 1:39 A.M. The Morro Bay Fire and Police Department found flames present at the main electrical panel on the exterior of the building. The fire was extinguished within minutes and contained to the outside of the building.

The residence was occupied and evacuated with no reported injuries. There was approximately $2,000 in damage. The second fire occurred at the Flying Flags RV Park in Santa Barbara County, where a neighbor got three people out of a cabin on fire late Saturday night. The fire started at around 11:10 in a 1,000 square foot cabin with a family sleeping inside.

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Grover Beach Driver Arrested for Possession of Meth

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A Grover Beach driver was arrested Wednesday morning at 11 for possession of meth. The driver, Austin Ross, was stopped on Highway 1 by a police officer who arrested Ross after discovering he was driving on a suspended license and possession of hashish. The officer subsequently searched Ross’s car to find 83.8 grams of packaged methamphetamine and other paraphernalia used to sell narcotics. Ross is currently in San Luis Obispo County jail charged with transportation and possession of narcotics, hashish and drug paraphernalia, as well as for driving while suspended.

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SBPD Search for Man Who Used Stolen Credit Card

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Santa Barbara police are searching for a man who allegedly used a stolen credit card at a liquor store. Police say the man went to a store on Santa Barbara's Westside around 10:30 p.m. on April 13. in a white pickup truck. Earlier in the evening, a woman had her purse stolen at Santa Barbara Harbor, and she says the man in the white pickup truck used her credit card. If you recognize the person or truck, contact Santa Barbara Police Department Detective John Ingram at (805) 897-2331, or leave an anonymous tip at (805) 897-2386.

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SLO Marathon This Weekend

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The third annual San Luis Obispo Marathon is this weekend. Roads throughout the city will be closed from 4:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday for the full and half marathon. Race organizers and the city encourage drivers to use Highway 101 to travel between the north and south parts of the city. There are over 4,000 runners signed up for the race. The 5K and fun run will be at the Madonna Meadows on Saturday.

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Downtown Meters Donate to Homeless

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The city of San Luis Obispo on Thursday unveiled seven new downtown meters as part of a pilot program to donate to the homeless. The money raised from the new meters will be donated to the Prado Day Center to help those who ask for money to support addictive or negative habits. People can use the new meters by either swiping a credit card or depositing coins.

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Caltrans and CHP Warn Motorists

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Due to a major storm on the way, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are reminding motorists to avoid any unnecessary trips and to drive safely tonight and through the weekend by taking the following steps:

  • Reduce your speed in rainy, foggy and windy conditions. Motorists should be aware that spot flooding may occur at any time along any roadway section.
  • Slow down and/or move over when highway workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working on or Read More »

Coroner Releases Cause of Death For Two in Traffic Collision

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Marijuana-budsThe Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is releasing the cause of death for the two men involved in a fatal traffic collision in Paso Robles on 2-26-14. Investigators list the cause of death for 26-year-old Jeremy Nathanial Martin of Grover Beach and 24-year-old Christopher Micheal Medina of Paso Robles as multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Results of toxicology tests are pending and are not expected for six to eight weeks.

Investigators have determined the deceased occupant’s car did contain suspected marijuana. It is unknown whether the driver was under the influence of any intoxicants at the time of the collision and w Read More »

Fatal Traffic Accident on SR-154

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On Wednesday afternoon, a fatal traffic collision occurred on SR-154 westbound, just west of San Antonio Creek Road.  The collision involved a Hyundai Sedan, which struck the embankment adjacent the dirt shoulder north of the roadway.  The passenger side of the Hyundai collided with the front of a Lexus traveling westbound at the same location. 

The Hyundai was facing southbound on the shoulder and the Lexus was facing westbound in the westbound lane when both vehicle came to rest.  California Highway Patrol Officers, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Deputies, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Cal Trans personnel responded to the scene. 

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Phone Scam Preys on Elderly Residents

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department has responded to several calls from elderly residents who have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in what is commonly called the “Grandparent Scam.”

In these types of scams, suspects will call an elderly victim and claim to be a grandchild, nephew, niece, or other relative. The suspects will tell the victim that they have been arrested in a foreign country or have been in an accident in a foreign country and are in need of money for bail or medical expenses.

The scam will often utilize a second suspect who will pretend to be a lawyer, doctor, or other “official” who will instruct the victim on how to Read More »

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