Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Local News

Quarantine on Citrus Fruit in Effect Because of Asian Citrus Psyllis


The detection of a single adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) found in a commercial citrus orchard in the southern most portion of San Luis Obispo County has prompted a high density trapping delimitation survey of the surrounding area. A new quarantine restricting the movement of citrus nursery stock and citrus fruit will be established by the California Department of Food …

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Storms Hitting Eastern Part of SLO County


An outbreak of rare June thunderstorms hit the eastern part of San Luis Obispo county yesterday, dropping about an inch and a half of rain between Jardine and Estrella. And estimates of up to 2.5 inches of rain for the New Cuyama area in Santa Barbara county were reported. So much rain in a short period of time caused minor …

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Oil Spill Clean Up Cost is Building


Just how much does it cost to clean up a 21,000 gallon oil spill? According to officials with Plains All American Pipeline, 3-million dollars a day, or 62-million dollars so far. Officials say the spill is about 76 percent of 97 miles of coastline have been cleared of oil. There are no estimates as to when the cleanup will be …

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Four Arrested on Gang Charges


Santa Maria Police responded to the 1200 block of Bethel Lane Tuesday, after an anonymous caller reported seeing a man with a gun.  According to police, a large group of people starting running from them once they arrived. The officers detained several people, including one who had a sawed off shotgun and ammunition.  Vincent Cantu, 18, of Nipomo was taken …

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Deadly Crash on Highway 154


The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal car crash that happened east of Santa Barbara. The accident was reported just before 7:30 Tuesday night on Highway 154 at Windy Gap, just south of Painted Cave Road. According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the driver of a pick-up truck, Rusty Flores, 66, of Camarillo, lost control of the …

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ExxonMobile Denied Permit


Santa Barbara County denied ExxonMobil’s request to transport oil via trucks on Highway 101. ExxonMobile requested an emergency permit to transport oil from Refugio after the pipeline broke, causing the oil spill.  The county denied the request in part due to what they said was a lack of proof of an actual emergency. According to the county, this decision is …

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SLO Man Convicted of Nine Counts of Child Molestation


Yesterday afternoon, a San Luis Obispo jury convicted Elias Sosa, 76, of nine felony counts of child molestation against four separate minor victims under the age of fourteen. The abusive conduct spanned from 1995 to 2011. Evidence showed that Sosa abused the victims while caring for the victims while the victims’ parents were working. Sosa faces a maximum sentence of …

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Minor Decoy Operation Finds One Store Selling Alcohol to a Minor


On Saturday, June 6, 2015, officers from the Paso Robles Police Department conducted a ‘Minor Decoy Operation’ designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol. This operation involved a minor attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from Paso Robles businesses. The minor was being monitored by undercover officers. The operation took place at fourteen (14) different businesses in Paso Robles between …

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Man Recovering From Being Shot by Police


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the suspect who was involved in an officer involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, June 7, 2015, in Carpinteria.  23-year-old Oscar Varela Moreno of Santa Barbara is recovering from multiple, non-life threatening gunshot wounds at a local hospital.  He was booked in absentia on charges of felony brandishing …

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Santa Barbara Receives Emergency Permit Application from ExxonMobil


On June 4, Santa Barbara County received an emergency permit application from ExxonMobil to temporarily truck oil from Las Flores Canyon to destinations north on Highway 101. This is due to an oil pipe break north of Santa Barbara. The County’s Planning and Development Department is receiving public comment about this application and anticipates acting on the emergency permit application …

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