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Standoff in SLO Ends Peacefully

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A man barricaded himself in a San Luis Obispo apartment yesterday after the San Luis Obispo Gang Task Force tried to arrest him. The man, identified as Grover Beach resident Austin Ross, was wanted for possessing a firearm and a stolen vehicle. The standoff began at around 2 p.m., when Ross came outside briefly and then went back inside his girlfriend’s apartment on Stenner Street and refused to come out.

Ross has a criminal history and record of carrying a firearm, so a lockdown was ordered around the area and the SWAT team was brought in. Cal Poly students received a PolyAlert e-mail to avoid Stenner Street since it was close to campus. After an hour and a half, the standoff ended with Read More »

Missing Child from Atascadero

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Atascadero police are searching for a missing juvenile. Thirteen-year old Jeremiah Valdez left his home without permission and his whereabouts are unknown. Valdez is considered to be at-risk because of his age and the fact that he is on depression medication. He is not considered suicidal and is believed to be going towards his mother in Hanford, California. Valdez is described as a 5 foot 5 Hispanic male who was last seen wearing a shirt with racing numbers on it, blue jeans and black shoes. If you have any information on Valdez, contact the Atascadero Police Department at (805) 461-5051.

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Police Search for Two Robbers

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Paso Robles police are looking for two men who a robbed a woman’s home Tuesday night a little after nine. The woman heard someone knocking at her door and answered it to find two young Hispanic males wearing all black and holding a knife. The men demanded cash and jewelry and the victim complied. Both men fled the scene.

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Public Meeting on Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting in San Luis Obispo today to talk about its assessment for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The meeting will be at the Embassy Suites off Madonna Road from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. NRC staff will talk about the details of the assessment and answer questions. The NRC has rated Diablo Canyon as Column One, meeting it will get a normal level of oversight this year.

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Four Students Arrested for Stealing Sheep

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Four Cuesta students were arrested yesterday for stealing sheep from the Cal Poly campus. Cal Poly police received a report around 10:30 a.m. that the sheep were missing and found them in a San Luis Obispo apartment complex. The four students, George Pappas, Paul Italiano, Torin Miller and Matt Pappaleo were arrested at around 4:30 p.m. and could be charged with felony grand theft of livestock.

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SLO Skate Park Groundbreaking

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The City of San Luis Obispo is scheduled to break ground on the SLO Skate Park at Santa Rosa Park today at 3:30 p.m. The project includes an outdoor amphitheater, a fitness path, a public art area, and streetscape plaza. The project is funded by Measure Y, the city's sales tax, as well as other grants. The city hopes to complete the skate park by next year.
 

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Four Minors Arrested with Stolen Property

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Four minors were arrested in Paso Robles on Monday for possession of stolen property. Officers were dispatched to look into the four minors, as they looked suspicious since they were dressed in black, carrying bags and looking into vehicles. Some of the items the four juveniles had stolen included iPods, cameras, MP3 players and other electronics. Since they’re minors, their identities will not be released.

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Surfing Goats Have A Home

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The Pismo Beach City Council voted 4-1 last night to develop an ordinance to allow a resident to keep a trio of surfing goats at his home. Dana McGregor regularly takes his goats, named Pismo, Grover and Goatee out surfing. The goats live in McGregor’s backyard. Pismo Beach allows goats to be on the beach, but does not permit them to be in city parks or be kept or raised within city limits.

The proposed ordinance would allow McGregor’s surfing goats to live at his home and he could take them anywhere in the city as long they are leashed and he cleans up after the animals. No more than four goats would be allowed on private property a permit would be needed to keep or raise goats in Pismo. Read More »

Victim Identified in Fatal Collision

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Last Saturday, Paso Robles police responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover that resulted in a fatal collision. The investigation is ongoing, but the victim has been identified as Jenna Clarice Burgener. Toxicology reports are being conducted to determine if alcohol played a role in the incident. If you have any information, call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464 or if you want to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

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SLO County Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

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San Luis Obispo County’s 5.2 percent jobless rate in April is the lowest unemployment rate for the county since May 2008. This puts San Luis Obispo County as sixth best among California's 58 counties, with Marin County as the lowest at 3.9 percent and Imperial County as the highest with 21.6 percent.

San Luis Obispo County's rate was also below the unadjusted April unemployment rates of 7.3 percent for California and 5.9 percent for the nation. Last month, 133,400 people were counted as employed in San Luis Obispo County out of a total civilian labor force of 140,700. Most of the job growth in the county was due to an increase in government jobs, with 900 government jobs add Read More »

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