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Welcome Week at Cal Poly Prompts More Police Activity

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The start of the academic year at Cal Poly typically generates a significant spike in activity in SLO, particularly in the neighborhoods surrounding the University. SLOPD doubled the standard deployment Monday thru Saturday nights during Week of Welcome (WOW week) to address public safety issues primarily centered on disorder crimes. The San Luis Obispo Police Department collaborated with the Cal Poly University Police Department in combined patrols both on foot and in vehicles as well as participating in a plain clothes detail with CA Alcoholic Beverage Control on Friday; netting 22 violations. In addition, five deputies and two correctional deputies from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department assisted on Friday and Saturday nights to assist our agency with large Read More »

DUI Checkpoints Tonight Along Central Coast

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There are a couple of DUI checkpoints happening Friday night along the Central Coast. The Cal Poly University Police Department will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on the Cal Poly campus. It will start at 9:00 p.m. and run for seven to eight hours.  The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday night, September 26, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. DUI checkpoints are conducted in specific locations of frequent impaired driving arrests.

Our goal is to deter impaired driving by apprehending the impaired drivers, and also educating the public towards safe driving. A driver with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more is considered an impair Read More »

Lois Capps to Tour Meat Processing Center

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On Friday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will tour the J and G Lau Family Meat Processing Center with Jaymie Noland, the head of the Cal Poly Animal Science Department. The Meat Processing Center is a fully functioning plant with the capabilities to involve students in all stages of meat processing, from harvesting to packaging. “Cal Poly has always been a leader in learning by doing,” Capps said. “I look forward to visiting the Meat Processing Center to see yet another example of this in action.”

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Downtown Paso Robles to Host City Candidate Forum

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The Downtown Paso Robles Main Street Association and F. McLintock’s Saloon in Downtown Paso Robles will host a City Candidates’ Forum October 7, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 1324 Park Street.  The event will be moderated by the new Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent, Chris Williams. The public is invited to attend and ask questions of the mayoral candidate, Steve Martin; as well as five City Council candidates Pamela Avila, Steve Gregory, John Hamon, Jr., Jim Reed and Duane Picanco).  Coffee and pastries will be served.  For more information call the Paso Robles Main Street office at 805-238-4103.

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Capps to Host Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Resiliency

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On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal will host a roundtable with county and UCSB officials to discuss federal and local actions to address climate change resiliency. The timing of the roundtable coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently taking place in New York. Also attending the roundtable are David Lackie, Santa Barbara County Interim Deputy Director of Long Range Planning, and Monique Myers, Jenny Dugan, and John Melack, who are principal investigators for the Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment.

“As hundreds of thousands of people assemble in New York City to urge action to respond to climate change, our local agencies are working hard to help build a more resilient Central C Read More »

US Test Launches Unarmed Missile

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The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.

The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll.

The Air Force Global Strike Command says the test was a success. A statement says the Department of Defense will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation.

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SLO Blues Baseball Has New Head Coach

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San Luis Obispo Blues Baseball General Manager Adam Stowe has announced that, effective immediately, local resident and business owner, Jamie Clark, will assume the roll of Head Coach of the 2015 San Luis Obispo Blues.

Clark will be relinquishing his role as a Director on the board of the San Luis Obispo Blues non-profit foundation, a position he has held for the past 4 years, to take over as the SLO Blues skipper – filling the void created by the departure of Coach Chal Fanning, who left in early September to assume the role of Pitching Coach for Austin Peay State University. “We are extremely thankful to have had Coach Fanning for all these years. He will be greatly missed,” commented Stowe.

In addition to his duties as Head Coach, Jamie Clark will assume respo Read More »

House Fire in San Luis Obispo

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San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire 424 Foothill Road, in the City of San Luis Obispo at 9:15pm last night.  The first SLO City Fire Department unit arrived within 4 minutes of being dispatched and found fire in the attic of a 1,800 square foot single-story single-family residence. The attic fire was contained to the area of origin by fire personnel.  One occupant of the house was in the house at the time of the fire and was alerted by neighbors that fire was coming out of his attic vents.  The fire was quickly and aggressively attacked with two hose lines, confining the fire to the attic area above the kitchen and sparing significant damage to the rest of the home. Control of the fire was achieved within 15 minutes of the initial Read More »

Stabbing Incident Results in Two Arrests

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On September 19, 2014 at about 10:18pm, Paso Robles Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Niblick Rd. for a stabbing that had just occurred. Upon arrival it was discovered that all of the involved parties were no longer at the scene. The victim of the assault, a 31 year old Paso Robles resident, returned to the scene and contacted Officers identifying himself as the victim of the stabbing. He had sustained an apparent knife wound to his forearm that required sutures. The victim described being in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, when he was confronted by two suspects. The suspects suddenly struck the victim while he was sitting in his car, and at some point stabbed the victim. The victim was treated and released for his injuries at Twin Cities Community Hospit Read More »

Jury Convicts Man of Kidnapping for Extortion

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A jury in Santa Maria convicted Raymond Daniel Macias of kidnapping for extortion with the special allegations of causing substantial injury, principal use of a firearm, and the criminal street gang allegation. Raymond Macias is facing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole based on his conviction today. Macias was a leader of the Sureno gangs in Santa Barbara County for several years and was working directly for a prominent and violent prison gang.

On January 3, 2013 several gang members lured John Doe to a garage in Lompoc. While in the garage, gang member Luis Alfredo Almanza struck John Doe in arm with a hatchet. Other gang members then tied up John Doe, duct taped his mouth, and tied him to a milk crate on top of plastic covering the floor and walls. Several Read More »

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