Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Local News

Six People Targeted by Sharks in California Last Year

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A new report from the Shark Research Committee finds that six people were targeted by sharks in the Golden State last year.  Organization spokesman Ralph Collier says the rise of unprovoked encounters is credited to the growing population. Only two surfers sustained injuries, and all of the attacks are believed to have involved great white sharks.

Two incidents occurred in San Luis Obispo County, while the other four were reported in Santa Barbara.  According to Collier, there have already been a handful of sightings since the beginning of the month.  In the past 15 years, there have been more than 80 attacks reported off the Pacific Coast.

Collier says the majority of unprovoked shark attacks off the Pacific Coast in California have involved great white sharks.

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Alleged Gang Member Arrested Last Night in Connection With Beating

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Yesterday, members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and Gang Task Force served high-risk search warrants and an arrest warrant for Federico Lazaro, 25, from Nipomo at two locations in the area. This operation was part of an ongoing investigation into a gang related incident on 1-22-15 in which a male victim had been severely beaten by several suspected gang members after confronting them for pouring beer on his car. Three of those suspects were arrested at the scene, and a fourth suspect was still outstanding. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital with serious injuries. Nine people were detained. Lozaro was not among those who were detained. He later surrendered and was arrested in the 100 block of W. Tefft Street in Nipomo. He was arre

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Man Allegedly Exposed Himself to Women in Paso Robles

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On Monday, January 26, at approximately 9:03 PM, the PRPD received a report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred in the City Park at 1100 Spring Street.

The reporting parties were two adult females who had been walking together through the park closest to 12th Street. These two victims noticed the suspect walking towards them exposing himself.  The suspect then got into a vehicle parked nearby and drove off.

The suspect was described as a white male adult in his mid-30’s, six feet tall, medium build, bald or shaved head, full beard medium length, wearing a light blue charcoal colored zip up sweatshirt and khaki colored shorts.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white 4 door Toyota Prius with all black powder coated custom rims.

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Teachers Rallied for Salary Increase at Board Meeting

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Teachers rallied for a bigger salary increase Tuesday night at the Lucia Mar Unified School District board meeting. They were there to protest the ongoing contract dispute. The district said it’s offering a two percent salary increase, but teachers want ten percent. Members also say their salaries are lower than surrounding districts and they want the school board to settle their contract and avoid a strike. The two sides are scheduled to meet with a neutral arbitrator on February 27th.

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Peaceful End to Standoff in Santa Maria

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A man holding police at bay during a four hour standoff in Santa Maria was taken into custody peacefully about 9 last night. The suspect was wanted for a domestic violence warrant. SWAT was called out. Police fired tear gas into a mobile home near La Brea and A Street. The suspect surrendered and was taken to jail.

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SB District Attorney Announces Guilty Verdicts in Human Trafficking Trial

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the guilty verdicts in the first Human Trafficking jury trial in Santa Barbara County.  Defendant Brannon Lawrence Pitcher was found guilty, as charged, of two counts of human trafficking of a minor, as well as the Special Allegation that defendant used force, fear, fraud, deceit, and violence while trafficking the minor victim in Count 1.  Defendant was also found guilty of one misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine and 73 counts of disobeying a court order.

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Lois Capps Applauds Decision by US Department of Interior

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) is applauding the decision by the U.S. Department of Interior to prohibit any new offshore oil or gas lease sales in the Northern California, Central California, and Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Areas by excluding these areas from the draft proposed 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. In July, Capps led a letter from members of the California Con

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Journey of Hope Event Will Discuss Stigma of Mental Health in Military

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The sixth annual Journey of Hope event will feature Keynote Speaker Carol Graham discussing the stigma that surrounds mental health in the military.

Journey of Hope, an inspiring and educational mental wellness forum, will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, CA. This is a free event, open to the public and reservations are not required.

Carol is the wife of retired Major General Mark A. Graham, U.S. Army. Carol will discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in the military and her powerful personal story; after losing two sons–one to suicide and one in combat–she and her husband channel

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City of SLO Developing Biannual Financial Plan

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The City of San Luis Obispo is in the process of developing the 2015-2017 biannual financial plan.  A key component of the process is soliciting community input into the priorities for the upcoming two fiscal years.
Following extensive community outreach, including advice from all of the City’s advisory bodies, nearly 800 survey responses from the City’s “Community Budget Bulletin,” and input from  approximately 400 attendees at the January 13, 2015, Community Forum, the Council met all day on Saturday, January 24, 2015, to set goals for 2015-17.

In a constrained fiscal environment and multiple competing requests, the City Council’s goals emphasize open space protection and maintenance, multi-modal transportation, and housing.  The City Council also recogn

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Stabbing Near Isla Vista

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On Saturday at approximately 2:45 AM, a UCPD lieutenant on patrol in the area of Sueno Road and Camino Del Sur observed an apparent fight in progress, occurring in front of a fraternity in the 6700 block of Sueno Rd near Isla Vista.  As he approached the location, the UCPD lieutenant noticed four subjects who were covered in blood and fleeing the scene. These subjects were detained and SBSO deputies arrived in the area to assist in handling the situation. During the ensuing investigation, Sheriff’s deputies located a stabbing victim at the fraternity.  The victim, a twenty-one year old UCSB student, had stab wounds to his chest and head. The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Sheriff’s deputies and UCPD officers determine

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