Friday, August 28th, 2015


Vandalism in Templeton



The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is investigating two separate incidents of vandalism at the same store in Templeton. In both cases someone threw a rock through the exterior windows on the South side of Templeton Market and Deli.  The first incident took place March 30 at approximately 1:35 AM and caused about $750 in damage. The second incident occurred on June 25 at about 12:20 AM and caused $1,500 in damage. During both incidents no one appeared to have entered

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NASA Climate Change Mission Put on Hold



The countdown is on hold for NASA's first mission to study climate change.  NASA stopped the countdown at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base just 46 seconds before the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2, or OCO-2, was to lift off.  The space agency scrubbed the launch because of a failure in the launch pad's water flow.  No make-up date has been set. 

NASA aims to create what scientists call a vantage point to study atmospheric carbon dioxide fro

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Fireworks Now on Sale in Certain Cities



Safe and sane fireworks are now on sale in local cities where they're allowed. You must be at least 16-years old to buy safe and sane fireworks. Safe and sane fireworks can be used until July 5, and only in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, San Miguel, Templeton, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and Oceano. Local police say people caught using illegal fireworks, like those that shoot into the air, can face criminal charges and fines up to two-thousand dollars. For those who'd rather

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11-Year-Old Boy Drowns



On Friday, June 27, at 5:41 PM, Sheriff's deputies responded to the report of an 11 year old boy missing from a private party event at Star Farms on Estrella Road in rural Paso Robles. Michael Derick Gallegos, 11-years-old, from Morro Bay was reported last seen swimming with other juveniles approximately 10 minutes earlier in a lagoon at the location. Minutes later, Gallegos was located in the water and brought to shore. CPR was initiated and continued by Sheriff's deputies un

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Man In Jail For Allegedly Willfully Setting Off Fire Alarms



Saturday afternoon SLOPD and SLO City Fire responded to three separate fire alarm activations in the downtown area. The first alarm was activated at 12:57 pm at Aaron Brothers at 647 Higuera St. A witness in the store described the suspect as a white male adult in his 50’s, possibly transient, with dark curly hair and wearing a light colored t-shirt and shorts. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

A few minutes later dispatch received a call o

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Inadvertent Sounding of Early Warning System



The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services is reporting an Early Warning System siren sounded in the area of Orcutt and Biddle Road, San Luis Obispo sounded this afternoon … it was an inadvertent sounding.

In addition, when an Emergency Alert System message was sent out advising of the accidental siren sounding, it trigged the cell phone notification system that notifies the public of an emergency – however, there was NO emergency; there was NO need f

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Fire Burning Near UCSB



Fire crews are working to contain a fire burning near UCSB. It began at 9:41 last night.  Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to a reported vegetation fire, located at Coal Oil Point in Goleta.  The fire grew initially from one to ten acres, at a moderate rate of spread.  The fire burned near the Venoco storage tanks and buildings. 

One residence east of the fire was threatened and evacuated due to a sudden wind shift.  No structures

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Abandoned Panga Boat Discovered



Yesterday, a State Parks Ranger was driving on Highway One when the Ranger noticed a break in the fence line about four miles north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Upon further investigation, an abandoned panga boat was discovered beached on the sand. Investigators believe the boat had been there for approximately 18 to 24 hours. Articles of clothing were discovered inside the boat and strewn around the beach near the boat.

Boat fuel was also discovered inside the boat. She

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Arrests Made By Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives



After a three month investigation, Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives arrested two gang members for possession of firearms, extortion, robbery, elder abuse and possession of a stolen vehicle. Gang Detectives are still attempting to locate two additional suspect associated with the case, who are believed to be in the Santa Maria area.  28 year old Mark Silvas  of Santa Maria is wanted for vehicle theft and gang relates charge. He has a $135,000.00 warrant issue

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Alleged Assault on Child



On the evening of June 25, at about 7:15 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the condominium complex located at 676 N. 12th Street for a reported assault on a child. The investigation revealed a 7 year old child was approached by a 60-year-old female adult identified as Julie W. Rodenhuis and was sprayed in the face and eyes with a poisonous weed killer. The child was immediately treated by family members and emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene. The child further received medi

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