Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Deputy Sheriff’s Association Makes Donation to Food Bank Coalition

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The Deputy Sheriff’s Association is proud to make a $2,000 donation to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Their mission is to ensure that every person in the county has adequate access to nutritious food. They distribute more than 400,000 pounds of food every year.

What’s truly amazing is that for every dollar that’s donated, the Food Bank can turn that into $10 worth of food. So the DSA’s donation will actually be providing $20,000 worth of food!  Sheriff Ian Parkinson and members of the DSA were proud to present the check today to Wendy Lewis, the Chief Operations Officer of the Food Bank.

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Multiple Construction Projects on Roads Through March

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Beginning from December through March; multiple construction projects will be occurring near the South City limits, primarily; Los Osos Valley Road, Calle Joaquin and South Higuera Streets. The scope of these projects includes pipeline replacement, asphalt base repairs, sewer utility work and the L.O.V.R. Interchange widening at Hwy 101. Please see attached works chedule for timelines, weather permitting.

Traffic may be affected in these areas due to lane closures, flagging and delays. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes during this time. If this area cannot be avoided, drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously in construction zones and watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction personnel.

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Mountain Lion Sighting in San Luis Obispo

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Yesterday at approximately 4:00 p.m. a resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of Los Cerros Drive in San Luis Obispo. The mountain lion appears to have been scared away by the reporting party’s dog. The mountain lion was last seen making its way toward the Bishop’s Peak Natural Reserve.

While mountain lion attacks on people are very rare, the City of San Luis Obispo reminds residents and hikers to be cautious when encountering these animals.  .

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Today Marks Open Burn Season

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Today marks the start of the 2014-2015 open burn season in San Luis Obispo County. The burn season, which typically runs through the end of April, allows the burning of residential yard trimmings in backyards and agricultural waste.  Open burn season normally closes at the end of April when local fire agencies typically predict an increasing risk of wildfires from drying brush and grass.

All burning requires a permit from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).  Until further notice, burn permits from CAL FIRE are not required.

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Farm Equipment Vandalized

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On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Rural Crimes unit investigated a reported vandalism to farm equipment in the 1800 block of West Main Street, Santa Maria, Ca.  The equipment belongs to OSR Enterprises out of Santa Maria. The investigation revealed numerous pieces of farm equipment were targeted for vandalism.  The equipment consisted of three celery harvesting machines and two tractors.  The damage to the harvesting machines consisted of flattened tires, cut conveyor belts, cut electrical wires, cut water hoses, and broken off hydraulic levers.  This damage rendered these machines inoperable. The damage to the tractors resulted in flattened tires, cut electrical lines, and a damaged hitch.  One of the tractors was set in motion, where it drove over se Read More »

Convicted Murderer Released Through Conditional Release Program

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 24-year old Nicholas Bendle will be released from Patton State Hospital to a California Department of Mental Health (“DMH”) residential treatment program known as the Conditional Release Program (“CONREP”). On August 1, 2009, 19-year old Nicholas Bendle randomly murdered a pedestrian with a hatchet.  This murder was adjudicated to have been the result of a psychotic break due to the rapid onset of previously undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia.  On December 15, 2011, he was admitted to Patton State Hospital for treatment.  In the months following the murder he was extremely delusional, suffering from hallucinations due to his mental illness.  He was then being treated with psychiatric medications. Read More »

DUI Taskforce is Ready for Holiday Party Goers

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This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the SLO County AVOID coalition has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force December 12-January 1, 2015 actively searching for drunk drivers.

The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for 3 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, 7 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols.

The facts are grim: on average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving. In Decem Read More »

Mail Theft Ring in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mail theft ring and is asking for public assistance to help locate the two female suspects believed responsible.  The Sheriff’s Office also wants to notify residents and hotel owners about these suspects in an attempt to notify potential victims and to prevent others from being victimized as well. On November 25, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a hotel in the 500 block of McMurray Road in the City of Buellton to investigate a theft of televisions and other items from two hotel suites.  The investigation revealed that 25-year-old Sireena Dominguez, in the company of 25-year-old Ashley Barnett of Santa Maria, rented two hotel suites and used stolen credit card information to pay for the rooms.  When the women left t Read More »

Two Attempted Robberies Last Night in SLO

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On December 3, at 5:40 PM, SLOPD Officers were dispatched to the report of a robbery which had just occurred in the 900 block of Chorro Street. The lone female victim called 911 to report she was walking on Chorro when an unknown Hispanic male, approximately 18 years old, ran past her and grabbed her purse. As the suspect fled towards the Mission Plaza he dropped the victim’s purse. The suspect continued running through the Mission Plaza, leaving the dropped purse behind. The victim in this case recovered her own purse.

As officers were searching the area for the suspect in the first robbery, a second robbery was reported. This robbery occurred in the 900 block of Nipomo near the entrance to the Creamery. The second victim was also a lone female walking with a hand bag cont Read More »

SLO City Council Decided to Postpone Action Regarding Vote to Overrule ALUC’s Findings

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At the most recent SLO City Council meeting, it was decided to postpone any action regarding a vote to overrule of the Airport Land Use Commission’s (ALUC) findings to a special Council meeting on December 9. Newly elected council member Dan Rivoire cited his desire to hear from more community members before making a decision. An overrule of the ALUC findings is needed to adopt the draft Land Use and Circulation Element. The remainder of the council stood firm to their previous positions – John Ashbaugh,

Carlyn Christianson, Jan Marx all for an overrule and Dan Carpenter against. Public comment spoke overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward and respecting the multi-year process. Those who voiced their opinions included affordable housing advocates from the Read More »

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