Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Local News

Arroyo Grande Has A New Mayor


For the first time in 12 years, the city of Arroyo Grande has a new mayor as of December 1. That would be Jim Hill, who defeated incumbent mayor Tony Ferrara by 95 votes as a write-in candidate. The unofficial vote count was released yesterday by the San Luis Obispo County-clerk Recorder’s office. Overall, Hill won with 3,090 votes over Ferrara’s 2,995.

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SLOPD Arrests Man for Allegedly Brandishing Box Cutter at Ralph’s


Last night at approximately 7:13, SLO PD Officers responded to Ralph’s to investigate a brandishing and trespass. Suspect Daniel Marcom had been advised not to trespass at the store on a previous date for theft of alcohol.

Marcom was asked to leave the store, but he became upset and pulled a box cutter from his pocket. He brandished it at an employee. Several employees were able to separate the box cutter from Marcom, and detain him until police arrived.

Marcom was arrested for brandishing the box cutter at employees and for trespassing at the location. His bail was set at $2,000.

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Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit Raids Hash Oil Lab


Last Week, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at a home at 2209 Willow Road in rural Arroyo Grande. When Detectives entered the residence they discovered a butane honey oil conversion lab which converts marijuana into hash oil or “honey oil.” The extraction process uses parts of the marijuana plant that are low in THC content, and converts them to a more concentrated oil using butane gas in the process. This process is highly dangerous and can result in explosions. Three children, ages 15, 12 and 10 months old were located in the home.

The 10-month-old boy was found sleeping on a mattress which was on the floor in one of the bedrooms. The area surrounding the mattress was covered with various forms of marijuana, along with mariju

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Drugs May Be to Blame for Deadly Head-on Crash


Drugs may have involved in a deadly head-on crash in San Luis Obispo yesterday afternoon just after two on Foothill Boulevard. CHP says the driver of a Toyota Prius hit a Ford Escape. The driver of the Escape died from his injuries, according to CHP. The driver of the Prius has major injuries. Their names have yet to be released. The CHP is still investigating.

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Burglary Suspect Caught in Traffic Stop


Last Friday morning, a Paso Robles Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 3300 block of Park Street for an observed traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver, Bradleigh Eugene Tabelin of Paso Robles, the Officer noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle. Tabelin was placed under arrest for a misdemeanor violation of possession of drug paraphernalia. Prior to the vehicle being towed from the scene of the stop, officers discovered a loaded .45 cal semi-automatic handgun beneath the passenger seat. Additionally, officers located heroin and methamphetamine in the vehicle as well. Tabelin was later transported to County Jail on several felony charges.

Detectives were called out to assist in the case as there was a recent residential burglary

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Man Arrested for Assault Gets Arrested Again


Thursday the San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested Justin Edmund Pard in downtown San Luis Obispo after he assaulted a female employee at the Flip Flop Shop, located at 858 Higuera.  The attack was unprovoked and the victim sustained a bloody nose and bruising to her face.  Upon locating suspect Pard he was found to be in possession of a 10’ fixed blade knife.  Pard was arrested for battery and for carrying a concealed dirk of dagger which are both misdemeanors.  Pard released from County Jail with promise to appear in court. SLOPD is currently examining the circumstances surrounding Pard’s release to include information conveyed to the Sheriff’s Office by SLOPD’s transporting Officer.

Later that night the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a call fro

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Assault in Downtown SLO


On November 13, 2014 at approximately 10:13 hours, Officers responded to the Flip Flop Shop located at 858 Higuera on reports that an assault had just occurred.   The female victim was working inside the store when a male subject approached her and initiated a conversation.  After several minutes inside the store, the suspect walked up to the victim and struck her with a closed fisted punch to the face.  The victim sustained a bloody nose and bruising to her face.  The suspect, later positively identified as JUSTIN EDMOND PARD, yelled profanities at the victim and fled after the assault.

Approximately 45 minutes later, an alert owner of a neighbori

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Officers From SLOPD DUI Enforcement Team Will Be Out in Force This Weekend


Officers from the San Luis Obispo Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday November 14th and Saturday November 15th between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 1 life and resulted in 45 injury cras

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Cuesta College Art Gallery Announces Permanent Name Change


The Cuesta College Art Gallery announces it will permanently be known as the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery after receiving a major gift from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. The Cuesta College Foundation received a donation in the amount of $250,000 specifically for enhancing the role of the art gallery in the community. The pledge will pay out $50,000 each year over a period of five years, with the eventual goal of establishing the gallery as an educational art hub for Cuesta College and San Luis Obispo County. “We are thrilled to receive this gift,” said Chair of the Fine Arts Department Margaret Korisheli. “It will expand our connection to the ca

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Woman Found Dead In Crash At Bottom Of Highway Embankment


The California Highway Patrol says a local woman was killed after she lost control of her car on Highway 1, north of San Luisito Creek Road in San Luis Obispo County sometime in the early morning hours of November 11. Sabrina Hammerlund, 24, was found around 2:40 a.m. in a crashed Mazda sedan at the bottom of an embankment off ...

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