Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Local News

Celebration for Santa Margarita Conservation Easement


A big turnout at Santa Margarita Ranch yesterday to celebrate a conservation easement that will keep a large part of the ranch pristine. 3200 acres will be preserved by the land conservancy. The Eagle Ranch is on the West side of 101 across from the Santa Margarita Ranch. The Ranch has been owned for three generations by the Smith family. …

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Wal Mart Expected to Break Ground in Atascadero This Summer


After more than a decade of legal wrangling, Wal Mart is finally expected to break ground in Atascadero this summer. The new store was fought for years by grocery clerk unions because Wal Mart is a non-union shop. The 123,000 squarefoot store will go up on El Camino Road at Del Rio Road. The store is expected to generate over …

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Suspected MS-13 Gang Members Back in Court


Fifteen suspected MS-13 gang members were back in a Santa Maria courtroom yesterday. All are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation is dubbed “Operation Matador.” An attorney for one defendant asked the judge yesterday to reduce his client’s bail.  Rafael Castro runs his own auto shop.  He has no prior arrests and supports two children.  The attorney claims …

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Easter Egg Hunts Across Central Coast


Lots of Easter Egg hunts this weekend on the Central Coast. In Arroyo Grande…..The 27th Annual Family Egg Hunt and Festival is tomorrow at Elm Street Park. Gets underway at ten.  The event is free, but kids are asked to bring their own Easter baskets. There’s an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow at Mountbrook Community Church on Calle Joaquin. Another Sunday …

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Today in Sports


Tomorrow, the Cal Poly track team hosts the 34th Annual Cal Poly Invitational.  Former Olympic medal winner Stephanie Brown Trafton is expected to compete.   Brown Trafton graduated from Arroyo Grande High School before attending Cal Poly.  She won the gold medal in the discus at the Beijing Olympic games.  She also competed in the Olympics in Athens Greece.  The discus …

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Recent Crime Wave in San Luis Obispo


The San Luis Police Department warning residents to secure their valuables in their homes, cars and businesses. An increase in thefts from cars, homes and businesses reported. Also an increase in the theft of cars and and bicycles. Between December 1st and January 28th, there were more than 400 thefts reported in San Luis. Most of them involved unlocked vehicles …

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Annual Crime Statistics Down in Santa Maria


Annual crime statistics released by the Santa Maria Police Department. They indicate robberies are down 11%. Auto theft dropped 26%. But there was a 9% increase in violent crime. 13 homicides reported, compared to just three from the previous year. Most of those murders were gang related. Forcible rapes increased from 44 to 53. Police made 6,000 arrests in 2015, …

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Morro Bay Police Officer Testifies Against Burglary Suspect


A Morro Bay police officer testified yesterday in the trial of a 20-year-old burglary suspect charged with assaulting the officer. 20-year-old Alec Bryan Stephenson is accused of bashing officer Dale Cullum with a tree limb back in October. Stephenson allegedly struck the officer after he responded to a call regarding a commercial burglary on Quintana Road.  With blood streaming down …

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Morro Bay Reverses Ordinance Banning RV and Boat Parking in Yards


Morro Bay City Council reverses itself on an ordinance banning RV and boat parking in yards and driveways. After issuing about 100 warning notices, the backlash inspires the council to change their law. It’s now OK for city residents to park their boats and RVs in the yards. The planning commission will review the code.

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Missing Navy Tug Boat Discovered


Nearly a century after it disappeared, a missing US Navy tug boat is discovered off the coast of California. The USS Conestoga disappeared with 56 men aboard back on March 25th, 1921. The Navy launched a search and rescue effort which was second only to the search for Amelia Earhart. Two years ago, a survey near the Farallon Islands off …

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