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Motorcycle Accident Lands One Man in Hospital

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At about 1:27 p.m., yesterday, the Grover Beach Police Department received a 911 call reporting a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision in the area of N.4th St. / Atlantic City Ave. Grover Beach Police Officers, Firefighters and San Luis Ambulance paramedics responded to the scene where they located a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle had collided with a 1985 Volkswagen Van.

The male motorcyclist driver was suffering from debilitating injuries; he was extricated from being partially underneath the vehicle by the emergency responders. The male was transported to the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for treatment and later to Marian Medical Hospital. The motorcycle driven was a total loss. The occupants in the vehicle were not injured.  A cause for the collision is still under investigation Read More »

Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrian

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On October 11, 2014 just after 8 PM an Atascadero Police Officer was in the area of Morro Rd and Atascadero Ave just after a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle in the roadway. Emergency personnel responded and arrived on scene a short time later. Personnel from the Atascadero Fire Department and the San Luis Ambulance Company determined the pedestrian had succumbed to his injuries from the collision and was deceased. Members of the Atascadero Police Department Traffic Unit conducted an investigation and determined the pedestrian had unlawfully entered the roadway and was struck by a vehicle. The deceased was identified as Dennis Quick, 62 years of age, of Atascadero.

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Fire Prevention Week Underway

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With national Fire Prevention Week underway, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Fire Safe Council of San Luis Obispo today announced a partnership to help reduce the risk of wildfire in San Luis Obispo County. During an event at the Mt. Lowe communications site near Cuesta Pass, PG&E provided $163,500 to the council to support needed fuel reduction, infrastructure protection and defensible space projects throughout the county. The effort is part of a larger system-wide $5.5 million private, public and community partnership PG&E is funding throughout Northern and Central California aimed at preventing even more fires from sparking during the traditional September-October peak of California wildfire season.

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Four People Arrested for Discharging Firearms with Gross Negligence

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Yesterday at approximately 3:27 AM officers from the Atascadero Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 11000 block of Halcon Road regarding numerous shots being heard in the area. The shots were described as being in rapid succession and possibly from a rifle. Officers arrived on scene as the shots were still being fired. Officers could hear the rounds impacting something nearby as they were being fired. The officers believed they were being fired at by the suspect(s). Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol responded to assist and a perimeter was established on the suspected residence. Members of the Atascadero Police Department’s Investigative Unit were notified and responded to the scene as well.

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IRS Phone Scam

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Yesterday a Los Osos resident received a call from a male subject reporting himself to be with the IRS. He told the victim they had a warrant for their arrest and they needed to submit money in order to recall the warrant. A second male subject later called representing himself to be an “officer with the Sheriff’s Office” as he confirmed the statements made by the previous caller. In addition to the statement by the suspects as being affiliated with the Sheriff’s Office, the caller ID on the victims telephone displayed a telephone number utilized by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the public that all calls of this nature are scams. Under no circumstances should anyone remit money or con Read More »

Carpinteria Man Arrested for Child Pornography

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A 24-year-old Carpinteria resident is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of child pornography. Sheriff’s detectives arrested Giovanni Gonzalez at his Carpinteria residence on October 7, 2014 following an investigation and a search warrant.  Gonzalez was found to be in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography. The investigation into Gonzalez began on September 23, 2014 when the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau received notification from reports generated through the Los Angeles Area Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (LA-ICAC) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline Report. The reports indictated that the suspect’s Internet Protocol (IP) address was located in Santa Barbara Read More »

Trail Restoration Sponsored by Veterans Outreach

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30 local military veterans and family members are set to participate in a trail restoration day sponsored by Veterans Outreach and City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department at Irish Hills hiking trail on Saturday, October 11. Participants will meet at the Madonna Road trailhead (West end of Madonna Road) at 9 a.m. to help on tasks such trail maintenance, restoring vegetation, and building bridges during this opportunity for our veterans to remain connected as a valued group in the greater community of San Luis Obispo County.

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Freeway Lane Shut Down All Night Due to Accident

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The slow lane of Northbound 101 is open. The freeway was shut down all night at 101 and South Higuera Street because of a big rig accident. Traffic headed north was heavy and stop and go during the commute backing up as far back as Avila Beach Drive. CHP and Caltrans are checking on the integrity of the bridge which passes over S. Higuera. No injuries were reported. The accident is under investigation.

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Deadly Motorcycle Accident

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A Santa Margarita man riding a motorcycle was killed yesterday morning after he lost control of his bike after passing a vehicle in the Creston area. The 56-year-old rider crashed on Huer Huero Road, about three miles south of State Route 58 when the accident occurred. The man, who has yet to be identified, died of head injuries.

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Atascadero Announces Funding From CCHE

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The City of Atascadero is very happy to announce that, with additional grant funding received from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), a state entity tasked with preserving and protecting California cultural heritage, the City is now able to move forward with the final project related to the restoration of the Historic City Hall building, the exterior lighting project.

Atascadero’s City Hall building was severely damaged in the San Simeon Earthquake of 2003; restoration of the historic building was completed in 2013, with the exception of the planned exterior lighting project due to lack of funding at the time.

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