Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Local News

Single Vehicle Traffic Collision in San Luis Obispo


On January 10, 2015 at approximately 11:45 p.m., San Luis Obispo Police and Fire Department emergency personnel, along with San Luis Ambulance medical personnel, responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on California Boulevard at San Luis Obispo Creek in San Luis Obispo. The preliminary investigation indicates 22-year-old Charles Evert was driving his blue 1993 Ford truck southbound on California Boulevard when he veered off the roadway at San Luis Obispo Creek. A retaining wall stopped the truck from dropping into San Luis Obispo Creek, likely preventing the driver from receiving more serious injuries.

Responding police officers found Charles Evert unconscious and trapped inside the vehicle. San Luis Obispo Fire Department personnel stabilized the truck and used a pn Read More »

Cause of Fire on January 7th Was Electrical


The fire that caused $250,000 amount of damage on January 7th was caused by an electrical wire between a wall and furniture. The fire was contained to the residence of origin and all the neighboring residences exposed to the 30 foot flames were protected saving approximately $800,000 in damages.

Morro Bay Firefighters with mutual aid from Los Osos and Cayucos were called to scene about 8:00pm Wednesday night on January 7th to find a fully involved single family residence. It was reported the occupant tried to put out the fire out but was overcome by the quick growing fire and she was able to escape through her front door and call 911 from outside of her residence.

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Man Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder



Friday, a San Luis Obispo jury returned a verdict of guilty of second degree murder in the case of People v Philip Hanes.  The jury also found an allegation that Mr. Hanes used a deadly weapon to be true.  Mr. Hanes stabbed his girlfriend Tina Beddow to death in Templeton in June of last year.  He had alleged that the stabbing was in self-defense. Second degree murder carries a punishment of 15 years to Life in state prison.  The use of a deadly weapon adds one year to that sentence. Sentencing has been set for February 9, 2015 in Judge Jacquelyn Duffy’s court.

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IRS Scam Making Rounds in SLO County


Beware of the IRS scam that’s making the rounds again in San Luis Obispo County. This scam is targeting seniors. The Sheriff’s Office has received 8 to 10 reports from people who say they received a phone call from someone who identifies themselves as a representative of the IRS. The caller proceeds to tell them they owe money to the IRS and they must pay promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, or they could face jail time. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. And they are especially aggressive. They may call back, even if you hang up on them. You should know, the IRS will NEVER: *call to demand immediate payment. *demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. *ask f Read More »

Santa Barbara News-Press Building Defaced


The Santa Barbara News-Press building has been defaced with paint and graffiti amid criticism of a recent newspaper headline that used the word “illegals” to describe immigrants who are living in the country illegally. City editor Scott Steepleton said Thursday that the building was paint-bombed overnight. The entrance was also vandalized with graffiti that read: “The border is illegal not the people who cross it.” The newspaper has received criticism since running a story and photo about California allowing immigrants who entered the country illegally being allowed to apply for driver’s licenses. Saturday’s headline read: “Illegals line up for driver’s licenses.”

Donald Katich, the News-Press director of news operations, Read More »

Cuesta College Board of Trustees Approved Contracts to Begin Measure L Projects


The Cuesta College Board of Trustees recently approved multiple contracts to begin work on Measure L projects. On January 7, 2015, the trustees approved an agreement for on-going architectural services with PMSM Architects and an agreement for ongoing construction management services with Blach Construction. With the passage of the bond in November 2014, the District is now engaged in the design, bidding and construction of works for improvement, consisting generally of the demolition, construction, modernization, and/or alteration of new and existing physical facilities at the District’s two campuses. It will also be engaged in a building program consisting of the new construction, modernization, renovation and/or upgrades to facilities situated on the District’s San Luis Obis Read More »

Man Arrested After Police Find Child Pornography


Detectives with the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit, Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, and Sheriff’s Gang Task Force served a search warrant at a home located at 2555 Wilcombe Road in Cambria yesterday. Detectives had received information that child pornography was being downloaded and distributed at that location. Detectives searched the residence just after 7 in the morning and located a computer containing child pornography including more than 600 images of pubescent children engaged in sexual acts. There is no evidence the manufacturing of child pornography was being conducted at the residence.

The images appear to have been downloaded from the internet and then distributed. Additional computers and digital media were seized from the residence and will be forensi Read More »

Memorial Services Held for Fallen K9 Unit


Yesterday, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial service and burial ceremony for Sheriff’s K9 Nico, who passed away on Oct. 1. Nico was assigned to Deputy Steve Faeth on 12-5-2011 and medically retired from the force on 2-1-2014 due to seizures associated with canine epilepsy. Sheriff Parkinson, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, Sheriff’s K9’s and their handlers and K9’s from other law enforcement agencies in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County were in attendance. A final resting place on a hillside overlooking the Sheriff’s Office has been created for Nico and other K9’s who dedicate their lives in the service of the Sheriff’s Office.

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Atascadero Police Search for Stolen Generator


The Atascadero Police Department is seeking information regarding the theft of a generator from a business in Atascadero which occurred on the night of January 4th. During this incident a Honda 6500 generator was stolen. The generator is valued at approximately $6,000.00. The victim business had video surveillance which captured the theft. The department is asking for assistance in identifying the two suspects or vehicle seen in the video. The vehicle used in the theft appears to be an older model Chevrolet/ GMC step side, single cab pickup.   Any questions should be directed to the Watch Commander at (805) 461-5051.

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Police Search for Man Who Robbed Domino’s Pizza


On Tuesday night, January 6th, at about 11:32pm, an unidentified Hispanic male adult walked into Domino’s Pizza in Morro Bay and demanded money from the on duty employee. It was reported the employee observed a weapon and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. The suspect fled the business and got into a dark colored mini van parked nearby the business.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, between 30 to 35 years of age, approximately 5’6”, with a stocky build. The vehicle is described as a dark colored mini-van.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time. The Morro Bay Police department asks anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact us immediately at 805-772-6225. The suspect is considered ar Read More »