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Santa Barbara City College Student Arrested for Sexual Assault

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A Santa Barbara City College student was arrested for sexually assaulting two high school students in Isla Vista. Twenty-eight-year-old Isla Vista resident Deon Kitt is being charged with rape by force and/or fear and two counts of rape of an intoxicated or drugged victim. The victims are 17 and 18 years old.  Kitt is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $400,000 bail. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who has information on these sexual assaults or any others involving Kitt, to call 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171. 

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Two Fires in Avila Beach

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Two fires occurred yesterday around 5:45 p.m. in Avila Beach. The first fire was at Ana Bay Road, and the second was in the area of Avila Beach Drive and Cave Landing Road. The Ana Bay Road fire was contained to 10 acres, while the Cave Landing fire was restricted to a quarter of an acre. Power lines were down, and the cause of the fires is being investigated.

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Central Coast Cities React to Prayer Ruling

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Central Coast cities are reacting to Monday's Supreme Court ruling that prayer before city council meetings are constitutional. The Court said the prayers don't violate the separation of church and state if they are ceremonial and don't spread a religious faith. The Pismo Beach City Council voted to stop prayer before its meetings a couple of weeks ago after it was sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Pismo Mayor Shelly Higginbotham says the Supreme Court ruling will not change the council’s decision. Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino applauded the decision, telling KSBY that they’re not trying to convert anyone and it puts everyone in a great state of mind. The Freedom Fro Read More »

National Foster Care Month

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This month is National Foster Care Month and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is launching a volunteer recruitment campaign called “I am for the child” to support foster children. CASA hopes to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and to recruit volunteers for CASA. There are over 100 abused and neglected children on CASA's priority wait list. These children anticipate being matched with a community volunteer who will advocate for their rights while pursuing a safe a permanent home. For more information visit www.sbcasa.org or contact Outreach Coordinator Tara Gross at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2595 or email Read More »

Investigation into Death of UCSB Student

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a UCSB student whose body was found on Isla Vista beach last Saturday. The victim was identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler from Eureka, California. At approximately 7 a.m., a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below Del Playa Drive and called 911.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death, which will not be determined for several weeks. If anyone has information on this case, please contact the Isla Vista Foot Patrol at 805-681-4179.

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Two Fires on Central Coast

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Two fires happened in the Central Coast this past weekend. Paso Robles firefighters responded to a vegetation fire near Union Road yesterday at 12:18 p.m. The cause of the fire was a model rocket motor that was fired from Barney Schwartz Park. Firefighters held the fire to less than a quarter acre.

There was no loss of money or structure damage from the fire, and traffic on Highway 46 East was briefly impacted by smoke. Traffic on Highway 101 was impacted by the second fire, a roadside grass fire near San Luis Bay. Cal Fire received multiple calls Saturday afternoon around 2 about the fire, and firefighters found flames spreading toward residences. The fire was held to 7 acres, although it had th Read More »

Jerry Brown Visits the SLO County Superintendent of Schools

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Governor Jerry Brown came to the San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools office last Thursday to meet with the 10 district superintendents. Brown wanted to know how the county is progressing in developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), dealing with the increased authority to make budget decisions under the new funding formula, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards testing which is being conducted  a pilot basis this year. In all three areas, the general response locally was positive and supportive of his efforts to assist in closing the achievement gap. 

County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker felt that Brown was genuinely interested Read More »

Suspicious Death of Solvang Woman

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspicious death of a Solvang woman. The woman, Heidi Good, died in her home in March 2013. Information about her death has not been released due to the nature of the situation and ongoing investigation. Detectives are asking for help. If you have any information that may help, contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at (805) 681-4171.
 

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DUI Suspect Crashes Into House

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A driver suspected of DUI collided into a house at the intersection of Bougainvillea and Hollyhock. San Luis Obispo police say that the driver, Branden Paulson was driving on Hollyhock when he didn’t turn left at Bougainvillea, where Hollyhock came to a dead-end. He then crashed into a garage on Bougainvillea. Paulson fled the scene on-foot, but police found him and arrested him for DUI and hit-and-run. He is now in San Luis Obispo County Jail. The residents of the home were not present at the time of the incident.

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SLO Bars Are Asked to End Graduation Tradition

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Downtown San Luis Obispo bars are being asked to end a longtime Cal Poly graduation tradition. Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx wrote a letter to the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to request that all downtown bars wait until after 9:00 a.m. to serve alcohol on graduation weekend.

The bar crawl tradition for Cal Poly graduates is where students and their family members to go to the bars at 6:00 a.m. before the graduation ceremony. Humphrey and Marx say in the letter that Cal Poly has seen an increase in the number of students that are "intoxicated, disruptive, and disrespectful during commencement ceremonies, Cal Pol Read More »

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