A suspected DUI driver was hospitalized with major injuries at 9 Sunday night after a traffic collision on State Route 41. A 71-year-old from Cayucos was driving on State Route 41, south of Bear Ridge around 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Police say Atascadero resident Roberta Silva was driving north on Highway 41 and Silva over the double yellow lines right into the path of the other car. Silva was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and authorities say she will face DUI charges. The driver of the other car and his passenger both suffered minor injuries. Two other accidents happened as a result of the first accident, including one car diving off the roadway, and a four-car rear-ending accident.Read More »
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A Santa Maria man was stabbed early Saturday morning. Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance on W. Lee Drive in Santa Maria and detained several people who were driving away from the area. The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle, and his injuries were not life threatening. The stabbing is still under investigation.Read More »
A Paso Robles woman was killed in a single car accident Friday. Investigators say the driver was driving on Spring Street a little after 1 a.m. when she hit a parked vehicle and then hit a curb, causing the car rolled onto the driver’s side. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and will not be identified until next-of-kin have been notified. It is unclear if alcohol or drugs were involved.
Cal Poly students have given a family in need the house of their dreams. Through a program called Polyhouse, 26 Project Management graduate students give an extreme home makeover. They remodeled a family's home in Grover Beach and unveiled it on Sunday. The resident has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so the home was remodeled to fit his needs. The remodeled home features a handicap accessible bathroom, a new kitchen, and a lift to help the man living there get out of bed and into his wheelchair. The students held fundraisers to pay for the remodeling and received donations from local businesses. The family would have had to pay $100,000 to renovate the house had it not been for the Polyhouse p Read More »
The California Highway Patrol chased after a stolen vehicle yesterday. Police followed the car on Highway 47 it until they were able to stop it on Paseo Ladera Lane in San Luis Obispo County. The driver was identified as 41-year-old Angel Herrera III, who was a wanted parolee with a handgun and body armor.Read More »
A motorcyclist is in the Intensive Care Unit after being hit by an SUV yesterday morning at 9:45. A 26-year-old female rider was riding her motorcycle at the intersection of Sacramento and Capitolio when the 47-year-old Arroyo Grande driver of an SUV didn’t yield the right of way to her and resulted in an accident. The motorcycle rider was transported to Sierra Vista hospital and is in stable condition but the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. The driver of the SUV did not show any signs of impairment and was released at the scene.Read More »
A car crashed into Nucci's Pizza Restaurant in San Luis Obispo yesterday at 3:45 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. The driver was trying to park when her foot got caught between the pedals, causing her to press on the gas. Her car jumped the cement parking barrier, and crashed into the front window of the restaurant. An unidentified Los Osos woman inside the restaurant was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries from the window's shattered glass. The driver was not injured, and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
A Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charge after leaving her nine-month-old son unattended in a hot car. A passerby at Magnolia Shopping Center saw the baby alone in the car buckled in its car seat and called 911. Even though the back windows were slightly rolled down, the temperature was about 95 degrees. The baby was taken out of the car safely and in good condition. The baby was released back to the mother with a referral to Child Welfare Services. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents to never leave a child in the car unattended on a hot day, as it causes the child to rapidly overheat and can have deadly results.Read More »
The San Miguelito vegetation fire has burned about 832 acres and caused $862,000 in damage since it started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on San Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. The fire is about 90% contained. More than 500 firefighters spent the night containing the fire. Santa Barbara County Fire hopes to have the fire completely contained by this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.Read More »
Atascadero Citizen of the Year and former real estate developer Kelly Gearhart pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal court in Los Angeles to fraud and money laundering charges after scamming investors of up to $20 million. Gearhart, currently living in Wadsworth, Ohio, accepted a plea agreement in which he plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Prosecutors are going to seek a federal prison sentence of more than 11 years and restitution be paid to his victims.Read More »