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David Lack Sentenced to 9 Years and 8 Months

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District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that David James Lack, age 53, was sentenced Thursday, November 6, 2014, to 9 years 8 months in state prison and remanded into custody to begin his sentence.

Mr. Lack was found guilty by a jury on August 7, 2014, of three counts of grand theft.  Additionally the jury found true enhancements that each theft resulted in a loss of over $200,000 and that combined the three thefts resulted in over $500,000 in losses to the victims.

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Morro Bay Man Facing Charges of Burglary and Forgery

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A Morro Bay man is facing a long list of charges after police say he broke into businesses and mailboxes throughout the city. Phong Tran, 44, is accused of commercial burglary, forgery, fraudulent checks, possession of stolen property, identity theft, false representation, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent vehicle registration, and driving with a suspended license. Police in Morro Bay say Tran is believed responsible for burglarizing the Dutchman’s Restaurant in May 2014 and a break-in at Antiques Etc. on Halloween day. Because he’s also suspected of forging stolen checks, detectives ask anyone who was recently a victim of mail theft to contact the Morro Bay Police Department at (805) 772-6225. Police say the investigation continues and Tran could face mor Read More »

Life Legal Defense Foundation Files Civil Suit Against University of California

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Life Legal Defense Foundation has filed a civil suit in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on behalf of a group of pro-life students against the University of California and professor Mireille Miller-Young.  In July, Miller-Young was criminally convicted of stealing and destroying the students’ property and assaulting one member of the group. The civil suit seeks compensation for physical battery, property theft and civil rights violations.  Despite Miller-Young’s conviction and clear evidence supporting it, the university did not publicly censure or reprimand her for the criminal actions. In fact, communications from university officials implied that the youth who had been peacefully engaged in advocating a pro-life worldview caused the incident.  Miller-Young’s assault o Read More »

Nickolas Camara Autopsy Reveals Methamphetamine Use

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department recently received the final Autopsy Report regarding the death of Nickolas Camara. The report listed Camara’s death was caused by, “Cardiac Dysrhythmia”, and “Acute Methamphetamine Toxicity.” In other words, Camara suffered a Heart Attack due to, or as a consequence of his methamphetamine use. This case involving Camara’s death is now inactive.

The subject found deceased inside his home has been identified as 66 year old Nickolas Rudolph Camara. Because this is an ongoing investigation no additional information will be provided at this time.

On July 25, 2014 at about 8:30 am, San Luis Obispo Police Officers responded to a residence in the Silver City Mobile Home Park at 3860 South Higuera for a welfare check. Neighbors Read More »

Man Arrested After Short Car Chase

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The CHP arrested a man after a short car chase on Highway 166 yesterday. Officers say Juan Lopez attempted to flee when cops tried to pull him over. Officers searched his car once he was stopped, and found 49.5 pounds of marijuana. Lopez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $75,000 bond.

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Ballots Still Need to Be Counted

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Nearly 25,000 ballots have yet to be counted by the SLO County-Clerk’s office, which means the outcome of several races are too close to call, and it may be two weeks before the outcomes are decided. The close races include three Paso Robles City Council candidates looking for a second seat, the Pismo mayoral and city council races, and Grover Beach’s $48 million bond measure for street repair.

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Fatal Crash Victim Identified

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The 21-year-old Oceano man killed early yesterday morning in a crash on Los Berros Road as Raymond Mendoza.  The CHP says his car crossed into oncoming traffic lanes, then slammed into a tree.  Officers say Mendoza was speeding and was not wearing a seatbelt, and that alcohol is may be a factor in the crash.

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“Faces of Freedom” Memorial Will Host Veterans Day Ceremonies

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Veterans Day is fast approaching and this year the “Faces of Freedom” Veterans Memorial in Atascadero will once again host one of the most popular Veterans Day Ceremonies and festivities in San Luis Obispo County. On Tuesday, November 11th at 11 am, members of the Public are invited to a Veterans Day Ceremony and BBQ at the “Faces of Freedom” Veterans Memorial located near the Atascadero Lake Park & Zoo to honor our Nation’s Veterans. This year’s event will include the pomp and pageantry of color guards, Bag pipes, patriotic music, a historic military fly over performed by the Estrella Warbirds, a wreath laying and inspiring words from this year’s guest speaker.  We are also very pleased to bring back by popular demand Ms. Emy Bruzzo and the Atascadero High School Read More »

Election Results for SLO County

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San Luis Obispo County election results are as follows:

Lynn Compton defeated incumbent Caren Ray in the race for 4th District Supervisor.

Tommy Gong is the new County Clerk-Recorder.

Tony Ferrara held off write-in challenger Jim Hill to keep his seat as mayor of Arroyo Grande. He’ll be joined by councilmembers Barbara Harmon and Tim Brown.

Tom O’Mally was picked as mayor of Atascadero. Council members Heather Moreno and Brian Sturtevant will sit on the city council.

John Sholes will return as mayor of Grover Beach. On council with him are Barbara Nicolls and Miriam Shah.

Paso Mayor Steven Martin will be joined by council members John Hamon and Duane Picanco.

Still undecided as to who will be mayor of Pismo Beach. Shelly Higginbot Read More »

SLO Citizens for Measure G Celebrates Victory

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SLO Citizens for Measure G, the broad-based coalition of community leaders that organized to support the half-percent sales tax renewal, expressed their gratitude to voters and campaign supporters in the wake of Measure G’s overwhelming approval by voters Tuesday night.

“Thanks to the wisdom of the people of San Luis Obispo, this is a great day for our city,” said SLO Citizens for Measure G committee co-chair Clint Pearce, President of Madonna Enterprises and past chair of SLO City Tourism Business Improvement District. “Voters agreed that our city is better off with these resources than without them. That’s why such a broad coalition of diverse people quickly came together as SLO Citizens for Measure G. Everyone understood that Measure G will benefit all residents Read More »

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