Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Jerry Brown Visits the SLO County Superintendent of Schools

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Governor Jerry Brown came to the San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools office last Thursday to meet with the 10 district superintendents. Brown wanted to know how the county is progressing in developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), dealing with the increased authority to make budget decisions under the new funding formula, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards testing which is being conducted  a pilot basis this year. In all three areas, the general response locally was positive and supportive of his efforts to assist in closing the achievement gap. 

County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker felt that Brown was genuinely interested Read More »

Suspicious Death of Solvang Woman

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspicious death of a Solvang woman. The woman, Heidi Good, died in her home in March 2013. Information about her death has not been released due to the nature of the situation and ongoing investigation. Detectives are asking for help. If you have any information that may help, contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at (805) 681-4171.
 

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DUI Suspect Crashes Into House

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A driver suspected of DUI collided into a house at the intersection of Bougainvillea and Hollyhock. San Luis Obispo police say that the driver, Branden Paulson was driving on Hollyhock when he didn’t turn left at Bougainvillea, where Hollyhock came to a dead-end. He then crashed into a garage on Bougainvillea. Paulson fled the scene on-foot, but police found him and arrested him for DUI and hit-and-run. He is now in San Luis Obispo County Jail. The residents of the home were not present at the time of the incident.

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SLO Bars Are Asked to End Graduation Tradition

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Downtown San Luis Obispo bars are being asked to end a longtime Cal Poly graduation tradition. Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx wrote a letter to the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to request that all downtown bars wait until after 9:00 a.m. to serve alcohol on graduation weekend.

The bar crawl tradition for Cal Poly graduates is where students and their family members to go to the bars at 6:00 a.m. before the graduation ceremony. Humphrey and Marx say in the letter that Cal Poly has seen an increase in the number of students that are "intoxicated, disruptive, and disrespectful during commencement ceremonies, Cal Pol Read More »

SB Man Arrested for 26 Cases of Vandalism

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Santa Barbara police arrested a Santa Barbara man for 26 cases of graffiti vandalism in Santa Barbara. Nineteen-year-old Eduardo Robert Aguilar was arrested yesterday after serving a search warrant at his home on West Alamar Avenue. Detectives were able to link Aguilar to the graffiti due to police finding sketches in a notebook discovered when police searched his car in December.

The police searched his car because someone reported his vehicle as suspicious, and police found him to be in possession of marijuana. The sketches in the notebook resembled some of the graffiti crimes committed. After searching his home, police arrested Aguilar, who they say admitted to committing the acts of vandalism. Read More »

Hospital Patients Arrested for Attacking Staff

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Three Atascadero State Hospital patients were arrested Wednesday for attacking staff. At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, two patients tried to provoke other patients by shoving furniture. The pair was then joined by a third patient when they charged at hospital employees who tried to intervene. Hospital police officers had to end the incident by pepper spraying the patients. Four employees and the three patients were injured. Two hospital police officers reported suffered serious injuries, including two broken ribs and a possible torn muscle. The three patients, identified as 34-year-old Justin Gause, 23-year-old Jacob Sloan, and 35-year-old Harley Fisher were arrested for conspiracy, assault, battery Read More »

Possible Bike Trail Between SLO and Morro Bay

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The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is looking into creating a bike trail between SLO and Morro Bay. The trail is proposed to start near Cal Poly, go through Cuesta and finish in Morro Bay. The proposal is supported by the SLO County Bicycle Coalition, Cuesta, and Cal Poly. The feasibility of making the trail is being studied through a grant by the Federal Scenic Byway Grant, and the study will be presented to the SLOCOG board in September. The trail is estimated to cost around $11 million.

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Driver Suspected of DUI Arrested

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Santa Maria police arrested a suspected DUI driver yesterday after a two-vehicle collision occurred at around 8:20 p.m. Police reports say that Carmelo Vasquez was driving on Main Street in a green 1996 Honda Accord, ran a red light, and turned onto Pine Street in the path of a gold 2007 Chevy pickup. The Chevy crashed into the Honda. A 22-year-old Oxnard woman, a passenger in the Honda, was airlifted to a hospital with moderate to severe injuries. A three-month-old baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released to Child Welfare Services. No one in the Chevy was injured. Vasquez was arrested for felony DUI and child endangerment and is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail.

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Two New Tour Options at Hearst Castle

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Two new tour options are opening tomorrow at Hearst Castle. The tours are a guided tour of the garden and a focus tour entitled "Hearst and Hollywood". The Garden Tour shows the challenges in transforming the rocky hillside of "The Enchanted Hill" into a lush garden. You'll spend an hour exploring the gardens of Hearst Castle while your tour guide tells the history, challenges, and changes faced by the groundskeepers of the Castle.

The tour starts at the Hidden Terrace, an early set of stairs and terraces, to the 17 changing rooms, the tour winds around the gardens and guest houses following the Esplanade, and then you walk along the Esplanade to the Main House and past Read More »

Woman Sentenced to 6 Years For DUI

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A woman who killed a tow truck driver while driving under the influence in 2001 was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for DUI. This is the second time 55-year-old Denise Gafner Mendoza from Paso Robles has been convicted of driving under the influence since she hit 20-year-old Tanner Rothfleisch as he tried to hitch a stalled car on the Cuesta Grade.

After she was sentenced to seven years in prison for killing Rothfleisch, she was sentenced to a year in jail in 2008 for DUI. She already had a DUI conviction two years before the accident. Each conviction involved driving while under the influence of prescription drugs. Last September, Mendoza was driving on Highway 101 in Atascadero wh Read More »

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