Monday, November 30th, 2015

Local News

Inmate Dies in Santa Barbara County Jail


At approximately 9:30 a.m., on November 26, 49 year-old Johnny DeWitt of Santa Maria collapsed and became unresponsive while housed in the Medical Dorm within the Sheriff’s Main Jail facility.  Based upon initial witness statements, it appeared that Mr. Dewitt was experiencing a medical emergency. Jail personnel immediately responded to assist Mr. Dewitt, initiated lifesaving efforts and called for the …

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List of Child Molestation Victims Grows in Paublo Ramirez Case


SLO County Sheriff’s Detectives have discovered more child molestation victims associated with 58-year-old Paublo Ramirez Sr. Ramirez was arrested earlier this month for molesting two girls, ages 8 and 5, at San Miguel Park in San Miguel. Besides those two victims, 10 additional female victims, between the ages of one and 12 years old, have been identified. The molestations took …

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Increase in Burglaries in Paso Robles Recently


The Paso Robles Police Department has seen a noticeable increase in residential burglaries over the last two weeks. These burglaries are occurring on the eastside of the City during the daytime hours. The suspect(s) are gaining entry into residences via unlocked rear windows or sliding glass doors. The Department’s Detective Bureau and Special Enforcement Team are actively investigating these incidents …

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Chimney Fire in Morro Bay Causes $15,000 in Damage


Fifteen-thousand dollars in damage was caused by a chimney fire in a house on Iron Street in Morro Bay on Saturday. The family of five who lives in the home left the house without any injuries. The fireplace had been under heavy use for the past few days due to the cold weather.

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Rain to Blame for Multiple Accidents on 101 Yesterday


Multiple accidents brought Highway 101 to a crawl or a standstill through much of the Central Coast during the commuting hours last night. Heavier traffic and rain are to blame. The CHP says at least 12 accidents occurred along 101 between three and six. A vehicle rollover on northbound Highway 101 at San Ramon Road in the Atascadero area caused …

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Caltrans and CHP Remind Motorists of Increased Traffic This Weekend


Caltrans and the CHP are reminding motorists to anticipate an increase in traffic on the central coast this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  With rain expected this week, motorists are encouraged to remember these tips to maintain safety.   Reduce your speed in rainy, foggy and windy conditions.  Motorists should be aware that spot flooding may occur at any time along any …

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Protest Scheduled Today at Whole Foods


Today at 12:00 noon, activists with Direct Action Everywhere will stage a protest outside the Whole Foods on Froom Ranch Way following an investigation released this week which revealed a cover up of extensive violence against animals at a Whole Foods turkey supplier. The investigation aired on The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Activists say that Whole …

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Food Bank Turkey Trot to Take Place in Avila Beach Tomorrow


Participate in the Food Bank’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot at Avila Beach tomorrow.  Join the fun Thanksgiving morning by getting some exercise in with family and friends before the holiday meal, all while helping to raise money that will go to feed our neighbors in need. Thanksgiving is a time when many of us have the opportunity to give thanks …

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Fatal Car Accident in Paso Robles


On November 22, at approximately 8:44 PM, the Paso Robles Police Department and Fire Personnel responded to Airport Road just north of Highway 46 East for a report of a fatal single vehicle collision. Police officers and Emergency Services personnel arrived and located a 51 year old Paso Robles resident, Mark Steven Portney, deceased as a result of this collision. …

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No Injuries in Santa Maria Garage Fire


There was a garage fire in Santa Maria yesterday afternoon. Flames also spread to the attic and fire officials say solar panels on the roof made the removal of hot gases from the attic dangerous. The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes.   The fire on the 3100 block of Frosty Way was apparently started by extension cords and …

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