Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Two Arrested in Fight Related Death

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On Thursday, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel in connection with the death of 54-year-old Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano of San Miguel. Medrano died during a fight with the suspects on Sept 7 outside the Elk Horn Bar in San Miguel. The suspects in this case are employed as correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. Detectives responded to the Salinas area and Woolf was arrested at his place of employment without incident. Both are being charged with voluntary manslaughter. This investigation was lengthy, complicated by the number of individuals involved, and by conflicting statements from some of those individuals. Additional information discovered during the investigation Read More »

Animal Rescue Team Encourages Motorists to Look Out for Wildlife

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As the drought is drawing wildlife in search of food and water from remote areas to urban roads and highways, The Animal Rescue Team, Inc. (ART) is encouraging motorists to participate in California’s statewide “Watch Out for Wildlife” week by taking the following special precautions while driving:

1. Be alert when driving in wildlife areas, such as Highways 154 and 246. Scan both sides of the road for animals, watch for wildlife signs, and never drive distracted.

2. Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Reducing your speed will increase your response time to avoid colliding and killing a crossing animal.

3. Limit driving in wildlife areas at night. More than 90 percent of wildlife collisions occur at night. During d Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday night, September 19, 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 impaired driver, along with a driver under the influence of any drugs, alcohol or a combination of drugs/alcohol, which impair their physical or mental abilities to drive a vehicle with the same prudent care as of a sober person.

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Phone Scam Targeting Santa Barbara County

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley alerts our community about an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers in Santa Barbara County, as reported incidents of this crime rise locally and nationwide. Santa Barbara County residents reported callers falsely claiming to represent the IRS and warns people they are behind on their taxes and must make immediate payments to avoid arrest or other legal action including deportation.  In some instances when the scammers are unsuccessful, they call back and try a new strategy.  Potential victims may even be told they are entitled to tax refunds and to collect the refund they must reveal personal and financial information. The Internal Revenue Service has issued two warnings of this pervasive telephone scam in April and again Read More »

Capps Leads Another Fight Against Offshore Drilling

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) has led yet another fight against an effort to expand offshore drilling in several sensitive areas nationwide, including the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The bill, H.R. 2, passed on a largely partisan vote, 226-191. Capps offered four amendments to the bill to protect public health and coastal economies, but all amendments were blocked from consideration, including debate or a vote, on the House floor. H.R. 2 is not new legislation. Instead, it is a repackaging of bills that have already been considered and passed on largely party lines by the House, and represents the fifth time in four years that the House has attempted to require new drilling leasing off the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In addition, the bill includes numero Read More »

NRC Denies Dissent From Inspector That Says Diablo Canyon is Vulnerable to Earthquakes

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Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a dissent by the former chief inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, who said new seismic data show the plant may be vulnerable to earthquakes of greater magnitude than allowed by its license. On the same day, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. released a long-awaited seismic study that, like the NRC’s ruling, also claimed that Diablo Canyon is safe. Today, Friends of the Earth, joined by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Mothers for Peace and the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine whether the NRC and PG&E improperly worked together on a public relations strategy to counteract widespread news coverage of the inspector’s dissent. According to the Read More »

Former President of a Cal Poly Frat to Appear in Court on Drug Charges

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Twenty-two-year-old Gear McMillan, the former president of the Cal Poly fraternity at the center of an alleged armed robbery is scheduled to be arraigned in court today on charges of drug possession and sales. San Luis Obispo Police arrested him after an alleged attempted armed robbery at the fraternity house by five Cal Poly football players who have all pleaded not guilty.

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One Person Injured After Amtrak Train Collided With Big Rig

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One person is injured after an Amtrak train collided with a big rig carrying a load of potatoes in San Ardo yesterday afternoon. A sheriff’s spokesman says the driver of the truck didn’t notice the train coming as he was trying to cross the tracks at Sergeant Canyon and Dead Man’s Gulch Roads. The train engineer tried to stop but couldn’t and slammed into the truck, damaging the train and scattering thousands of potatoes. The truck driver wasn’t hurt, but one person on the train suffered minor injuries.

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Missing Man Found Alive But Dies Before He Could Be Rescued

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A man missing since Sunday night is found alive in a car crash in Big Sur but dies before he can be rescued. Fire officials say the 60-year-old Big Sur resident was driving up Pfeifer Ridge Road when his Jeep plummeted 300 feet off a cliff, trapping him inside. Rescue crews climbed down the cliff and found the wreckage Tuesday afternoon, and when they pulled the man out, he was still alive.  He died just moments later.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Jerry Brown Signs Bill for Water District

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Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2453, a bill introduced and shepherded through the Legislature by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.  AB 2453 will establish a hybrid governance structure for the to-be-formed Paso Robles Basin Water District as well as broaden the powers and authorities that the San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission (SLO LAFCO) may choose from when creating the Water District.

“Governor Brown’s signature on this legislation is the culmination of very lengthy discussions on how to manage the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.  It is only with leadership from the Board of Supervisors and the City of Paso Robles, that we were able to create a framework for the water district that will now go before the public through the LAFCO process,” said Read More »

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