Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Local News

SLO Fire Responds to Fire in Attic of Commercial Building



San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported commercial structure fire over the weekend at Villa Automotive at 34 South Street, in San Luis Obispo. The first SLO City Fire Department unit arrived within 4 minutes of being dispatched and found fire in the attic of an 1,800 square foot single-story commercial structure. No injuries occurred to the occupants or firefighters. The loss/damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $2,000.  The cause of the fire was determined to be due to an employee sweating copper pipe where slag fell into the wall area causing a fire which spread to the attic.  The fire was contained by the automatic sprinkler system and extinguished by firefighters.

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Beach Clean Ups at Montana De Oro State Park



ECOSLO, in partnership with California Coastal Commission and Surfrider Foundation of San Luis Obispo, is hosting the first of three in a series of beach clean ups at Montana De Oro State Park, Saturday January 24th, 2015. 9:00a.m. until noon. Over 5 million tons of debris washed ashore in the wake of the 2011 Japan Tsunami. The Japanese Government estimated that about 30 percent of that 5 million, or 1.5 million tons of debris, was buoyant enough to wash away from the coast of Japan and enter the Pacific Ocean currents. Tsunami debris has been found at locations along the West Coast, including items as small as a soccer ball belonging to a 16-year old (the ball was eventually returned) to a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The largest of the items have been two Japanese

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Flu Vaccines Suspected to be Less Effective This Year



United Blood Services is beginning to suspect that reports of the flu vaccine being less effective this year are proving accurate and might be taking a toll on blood collection so far this year.  “We’ve been getting more and more reports from blood drive coordinators and donors that illness is to blame for lack of donations and appointment cancellations,”

According to Scott Edward, District Director of Donor Recruitment. “Keeping transfusion patients and blood donors safe is United Blood Services number one priority. This is why we require volunteer blood donors to be well and healthy when they donate blood,” said Edward. According to the CDC “Flu vaccines are only 23% effective this season — flu shots normally prevent 60% to 65% of infe

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Police Search for Man After Alleged Assault at an Elementary School


On Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Paso Robles Police Department was notified by Pat Butler Elementary School of a possible threat. Two school children reported to school administrators they were approached by a Black Male adult during recess. The children report the suspect was on the outside of the athletic field perimeter fence and was in possession of a shotgun or rifle. The suspect threatened the children and the children fled back to the school buildings. School administrators locked down the school to shelter in place.

The Paso Robles Police Department is working with school officials, CHP, San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Department to search the area in the 700 block of Nicklaus Street. At approximately 2:15 PM, a search of the Pat Butler Elementary School campus and

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Preliminary Hearing for Cal Poly Football Players Concluded


The District Attorney’s Office announces the conclusion of the Preliminary Hearing in People v Akins, Fort, Ivory, Brito, and Love – the former Cal Poly football players charged with the attempted armed robbery at a fraternity house and related crimes.  The incident occurred on August 10, 2014.

A Preliminary Hearing is sometimes called a “probable cause” hearing, because a judge hears testimony and determines whether there is “probable cause” to believe a felony has been committed, and if so, whether the charged defendant(s) committed that felony.  If the judge makes that finding, the defendant is “held to answer” and the case may proceed to arraignment and possible trial.

On Thursday 1/15/15 Judge Donald G. Umhofer he

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Central Coast Bandit Expected to be Sentenced


The Central Coast Bandit accused of robbing six banks in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Stanislaus counties two years ago is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cristina Padilla withdrew her not guilty plea yesterday. Instead she pleaded no contest. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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Cal Poly Football Players Continue Preliminary Hearing


Four former Cal Poly football players continue their preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo. They are accused of attempted armed robbery at a local fraternity house last August. All have pleaded not guilty. A fifth suspect who also pleaded not guilty waived his pre-lim.

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Boy Shot in Santa Maria Yesterday


A 16-year-old boy was shot in Santa Maria yesterday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Gunshots were heard in the area where the boy was shot. Police are looking at a possible gang related crime but are following several other leads as well.

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Joseph Munoz Pleads No Contest


Joseph Munoz from Oceano has changed his plea in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Joseph Padilla during a fight in Oceano in June of 2013. Yesterday, Munoz pleaded no fcontest. He is scheduled to be sentenced January 28.

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Downtown SLO Store Burglarized


A downtown San Luis Obispo store was burglarized Tuesday night. The thief made off with high-end knives and outdoor gear. The Business was SLO Camp N’ Pack on Higuera Street. The case is under investigation.

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