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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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Burglary in Templeton Results in Arrest and Recovery of Stolen Property

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Last Sunday, SLO County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary report in the 5900 block of El Pomar Drive in Templeton. During the course of the investigation, a witness was able to provide a vehicle and suspect description. The next day, on 9-29-14, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 7000 block of Creston Road in rural Paso Robles. The victim in that case confronted the suspect who disavowed any knowledge of a burglary and reportedly told the victim his wife had sent him to that location “to buy some puppies.” The victim in this case was able to provide Deputies with the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. On 9-30-14, Deputies and Detectives were able to locate the suspect at the Black Mountain RV Park i Read More »

Car Burglary Leads to High Speed Pursuit

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On 10-2-14, SLO County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of a car burglary in progress in the parking lot at the base of Bishop Peak on Foothill Boulevard near San Luis Obispo. A witness was able to give a description of the suspect’s vehicle, a white Dodge pickup truck, and Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Coast Station observed the vehicle at approximately 8:20 AM traveling on Los Osos Valley Road near Los Osos. Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit began. The pursuit continued through Los Osos to northbound Highway 1, through Morro Bay before the suspect turned eastbound on Highway 41. With the assistance of CHP and Atascadero Police, that road was closed and spike strips were deployed. The vehicle was disa Read More »

Suspect in Custody on Charges of Raping UCSB Student

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 A suspect is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of raping a 19-year-old University of California Santa Barbara student on October 1, 2014 at a fraternity house in Isla Vista.  23-year-old Victor Farias, of Salinas, was arrested later that day following an investigation by Sheriff’s deputies with the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP).
The investigation began at approximately 6:45 a.m. on October 1 when the victim came into IVFP and reported that she had been raped by the suspect at a fraternity house located in the 800 block of Fortuna Lane in Isla Vista.  Farias was reportedly visiting a friend who was a fraternity brother at the house.

Sheriff’s deputies through the course of their investigation were able to identify Farias as the suspect.  At Read More »

Arroyo Grande City Manager Announces Resignation

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Steve Adams, the embroiled city manager of Arroyo Grande, has announced his resignation as soon as his replacement is found. According to Adams who wrote a lengthy letter to members of the press said he could no longer be effective in his role following the fallout from his July 3rd escapade with another city employee.  Despite Adam’s announcement, an independent investigation into the incident will continue.

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Officials Investigate Cause of Fire

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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire on the 1400 block of Torro Creek Road near Morro Bay which partially destroyed a barn, a carport, and a nearby home. It happened early yesterday morning. The people inside the house got out of the home.

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Suspect in Custody for Killing Cyclist

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A suspect is in custody for allegedly running down and killing a bicyclist in Arroyo Grande yesterday morning on Los Berros Road. Michelle Hart from Arroyo Grande was arrested after she left the scene. The unidentified cyclist died of head injuries. Hart, who is 45, was booked into county jail and is facing felony DUI and hit and run charges.

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