Monday, March 30th, 2015

Local News

Flu Vaccines Suspected to be Less Effective This Year

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United Blood Services is beginning to suspect that reports of the flu vaccine being less effective this year are proving accurate and might be taking a toll on blood collection so far this year.  “We’ve been getting more and more reports from blood drive coordinators and donors that illness is to blame for lack of donations and appointment cancellations,”

According to Scott Edward, District Director of Donor Recruitment. “Keeping transfusion patients and blood donors safe is United Blood Services number one priority. This is why we require volunteer blood donors to be well and healthy when they donate blood,” said Edward. According to the CDC “Flu vaccines are only 23% effective this season — flu shots normally prevent 60% to 65% of infe

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Police Search for Man After Alleged Assault at an Elementary School

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On Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Paso Robles Police Department was notified by Pat Butler Elementary School of a possible threat. Two school children reported to school administrators they were approached by a Black Male adult during recess. The children report the suspect was on the outside of the athletic field perimeter fence and was in possession of a shotgun or rifle. The suspect threatened the children and the children fled back to the school buildings. School administrators locked down the school to shelter in place.

The Paso Robles Police Department is working with school officials, CHP, San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Department to search the area in the 700 block of Nicklaus Street. At approximately 2:15 PM, a search of the Pat Butler Elementary School campus and

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Preliminary Hearing for Cal Poly Football Players Concluded

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The District Attorney’s Office announces the conclusion of the Preliminary Hearing in People v Akins, Fort, Ivory, Brito, and Love – the former Cal Poly football players charged with the attempted armed robbery at a fraternity house and related crimes.  The incident occurred on August 10, 2014.

A Preliminary Hearing is sometimes called a “probable cause” hearing, because a judge hears testimony and determines whether there is “probable cause” to believe a felony has been committed, and if so, whether the charged defendant(s) committed that felony.  If the judge makes that finding, the defendant is “held to answer” and the case may proceed to arraignment and possible trial.

On Thursday 1/15/15 Judge Donald G. Umhofer he

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Central Coast Bandit Expected to be Sentenced

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The Central Coast Bandit accused of robbing six banks in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Stanislaus counties two years ago is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cristina Padilla withdrew her not guilty plea yesterday. Instead she pleaded no contest. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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Cal Poly Football Players Continue Preliminary Hearing

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Four former Cal Poly football players continue their preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo. They are accused of attempted armed robbery at a local fraternity house last August. All have pleaded not guilty. A fifth suspect who also pleaded not guilty waived his pre-lim.

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Boy Shot in Santa Maria Yesterday

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A 16-year-old boy was shot in Santa Maria yesterday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Gunshots were heard in the area where the boy was shot. Police are looking at a possible gang related crime but are following several other leads as well.

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Joseph Munoz Pleads No Contest

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Joseph Munoz from Oceano has changed his plea in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Joseph Padilla during a fight in Oceano in June of 2013. Yesterday, Munoz pleaded no fcontest. He is scheduled to be sentenced January 28.

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Downtown SLO Store Burglarized

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A downtown San Luis Obispo store was burglarized Tuesday night. The thief made off with high-end knives and outdoor gear. The Business was SLO Camp N’ Pack on Higuera Street. The case is under investigation.

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Next Week is No Name Calling Week

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Next week, Santa Barbara Junior High School will celebrate kindness by joining thousands of schools throughout the nation in No Name Calling Week. This event was created by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in an effort to help address issues of bullying, name-calling and bias in schools.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 20, Associated Student Body (ASB) will work with students on a variety of activities designed to help them realize the impact of verbal bullying, and bring an awareness to strategies for coping with and putting an end to name-calling, including having an art contest, poetry contest, library exhibit and theme days throughout the week. At its core, No Name Calling Week is part of the school’s annual No Place for Hate campaign where s

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Lois Capps Introduces Water in the 21st Century Act

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) HAS joined Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and 14 of her California colleagues to introduce the Water in the 21st Century Act, a bill that would help communities deal with drought conditions. The Water in the 21st Century Act would provide communities with incentives and investments for water use efficiency projects, conservation initiatives, and water recycling. The bill builds on additional Congressional efforts to help drought stricken areas by providing more long-term solutions and making them accessible to all communities. “While the rain this weekend was welcome news in California, this drought remains the worst on record and the most urgent problem our state faces,” Capps said. “There are no easy solutions. But the Water in the 21st Century Act wo

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