Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Thief Apprehended After WalMart Burglary

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On Saturday, December 13, at approximately 6:00PM, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a theft which had just occurred at the WalMart Store on Niblick Road.

The initial investigation revealed that a lone male adult suspect had entered the business and walked directly to the electronics area. Once there, the suspect placed two flat screen televisions and one computer in a shopping basket and walked towards the front exit of the business. The suspect then walked by the cash registers and as he walked out the front doors with the merchandise, an employee questioned him as to whether he had paid for the items. The suspect walked out of the business to a vehicle parked nearby, followed by two employees who continued to question him. The suspect placed the compute Read More »

Open Enrollment Through Covered California’s Health Insurance Marketplace

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Today, Rep. Capps (CA-24) reminded Central Coast residents that open enrollment through Covered California’s Health Insurance Marketplace for health insurance coverage in 2015 has begun. While the open enrollment period will run through February 15, residents who want their coverage to begin on January 1 must sign-up by today, December 15. Covered California, an online insurance marketplace, allows individuals and families to shop for the best health insurance options or for eligible Californians to sign up for Medi-Cal. It is a one-stop shop to compare health insurance policies, receive financial assistance, and sign-up for high-quality health insurance coverage. Through Covered California, applicants cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions, nor will they face annual or life Read More »

Structure Fire in Atascadero

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There was a structure Fire at 9555 Santa Barbara Road, Atascadero yesterday.  It was single story, single family residence.  Upon arrival, fire crews found black smoke coming from the living room area of the structure. Fire crews were able to quickly find the area of origin and contained the fire to the living room. However, extensive smoke and heat damage occurred to the entire interior of the residence.

Due to the distances between fire hydrants in the area, firefighters had to lay over 1800 feet of hose to supply the fire engines.  The fire was controlled in ten minute. No injuries were reported. The fire was located near a wood burning stove in the living room. The cause was embers from the wood burning stove came into contact with nearby combustibles and spread to a Read More »

SLOPD Hosted Multi-Agency DUI Checkpoint

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department hosted a multi-agency DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, December 12, 2014 as part of the San Luis Obispo Police Departments commitment to public safety. The location of Fridays checkpoint was on the 500 Block of Higuera Street, in the City of San Luis Obispo.. The goal of the DUI Checkpoint was removing impaired drivers and to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In or about the DUI Checkpoint 5 drivers were arrested for DUI. 501 Vehicles went through the checkpoint.
475 drivers screened for field sobriety exams. 5 DUI suspects arrested. 4 traffic citations issued. 0 vehicles were impounded for 30 days 4 unlicensed drivers were cited. 0 drivers were arrested for driving Read More »

Nipomo Man Killed in Car Accident

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A Nipomo man was killed in a car accident Saturday morning on Highway 166. His Kia for some unknown reason entered the opposite lane and hit a big rig, whose driver was not hurt. The man was not wearing seatbelts and died at the scene.

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PG&E Working Hard to Restore Power

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As a historic winter storm begins to subside in Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews continue to work around the clock to restore service for customers who have experienced storm-related outages this week. PG&E pledges to its customers that it will remain focused on its work until all power is restored throughout its service territory and life can return to normal. Strong winds, falling trees and major flooding have damaged electrical equipment throughout the company’s 70,000-mile service area. PG&E’s meteorologists reported that wind gusts reached 95 mph in some higher elevations and rainfall totals exceeded several inches in many locations. Since the storm hit Wednesday, Dec. 10, the utility has restored service to more tha Read More »

SBCFD Responded to 78 Storm Related Calls

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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to 78 storm related calls for service throughout Santa Barbara County beginning at 6pm last night until approximately 3am today.  These calls included 33 calls for power lines down, 5 trees down, 15 flooding calls, 15 fire alarms, 4 structural problems, 2 fires, 2 flying debris related calls,  and 1 road issue.  There were no rescues related to the storm. According to the National Weather Service, rain total for San Marcos Pass was 4.89 inches as of 7am today.  At 9:55pm last night, the Santa Ynez weather station reported southeast winds at 37mph with gusts to 64mph. In anticipation of the storm, the SBCFD placed and three additional engines in service, and two overhead positions. The SBCFD continues to be in contact wit Read More »

Highway 1 Closed Due to Mud Slides

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Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point in north coastal San Luis Obispo County (Mile Marker 72) to the Coast Gallery in Monterey County (Mile Marker 42) due to multiple rock/mud slides. Crews are on site assessing damage and initiating cleanup. Alternate routes into Big Sur and Ragged Point are Highways 68, 101 and 46. There is no estimated time of opening.

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Power Outage Warning With Big Storm

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With a major storm heading toward San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, PG&E is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to significant rainfall, potential flooding and high winds. PG&E crews are prepared and ready to respond to power outages as soon as weather conditions permit the safe restoration of power. PG&E routinely practices its preparedness and response to storms and other emergencies through company exercises and through drills with local first responders. The company also utilizes the latest technology to restore power more quickly and efficiently after a storm. This includes the use of storm outage prediction models, the installation of automated equipment that “self-heals” the electric grid as well as timely and accurate out Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Friday in SLO

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San Luis Obispo Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 12, 2014, in the city of San Luis Obispo.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have cla Read More »

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