Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Local News

California Shelters Looking to Adopt Out Chihuahuas


In just about every county throughout California, you will find animal shelters that are inundated with Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes. As a result, Chihuahuas can be easily overlooked in shelters due to the fact that there is simply too many of them to choose from on any given day.

That said, and in an effort to increase the number of both the Chihuahuas adopted from Woods and the Chihuahuas that Woods will transfer into our adoption program from SLO County Animal Services—Woods Humane is happy to announce that thanks to a generous donation, we are waiving the adoption fee for all Chihuahuas! Plus, all adoptions include spay or neuter, vaccinations, microchips, and…a CHIHUAHUA! This saucy breed of dog is an amazing and often fearless companion to anyone who succumbs to

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Man Escapes Police Momentarily After Allegedly Stealing Tip Jar


On January 3, at approximately 1:37 in the afternoon, a SLOPD officer stopped Robert Aguilar in the 600 block of Marsh because he was the suspect of a stolen tip jar from a downtown business on January 2, 2015. Aguilar had a felony warrant from Santa Clara County and was taken into custody, handcuffed, and placed in the rear seat of a patrol car. Some of the stolen tip money was recovered and returned to the victim business. Aguilar slipped out of his cuffs and squeezed his arm through the safety bars to open the rear door of the patrol car. The patrol car was stopped in the 400 Block of Higuera at the time. Aguilar fled into the creek to escape. After a fight with officers Aguilar was taken back into custody.

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Santa Barbara Man Sentenced to Six Years for Sexual Assault


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that Angel Antonio Medelez, age 28, of Santa Barbara, California, was sentenced to six years, eight months in state prison relating to sexual assault charges that involved two males, one age 16 and the other age 19, each of whom were too intoxicated to consent to, or resist, the sexual assaults. In addition, Medelez must register as a sex offender for life. Medelez will be also be required to pay restitution to the victims in an amount to be determined.  This sentence is the result of a four week jury trial where Medelez was convicted of four felony, and one misdemeanor, sex charges. Prosecuting Deputy District Attorney Chris Horowitz stated, “Sexual assault and child sexual abuse are uniquely horrific crimes

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Cal Poly Float Earns Special Honors


The Cal Poly universities’ Tournament of Roses Parade float has done it again. For the 53rd time since 1949, the only student-built float earned special honors at the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade held New Year’s Day. “Soaring Stories” won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float.  The float was constructed by students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and their counterparts at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. “Soaring Stories” depicts a fairytale castle and mythological griffin springing to life from the pages of storybooks, reflecting the parade theme “Inspiring Stories.” The finished float is the culmination of thousands of hours of effort. The float passed hundreds of thousands of people along the 5.5-mile rout

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John Lindsey Named Citizen of the Year


For the past three decades, Los Osos-Baywood Park Citizen of the Year Council has taken great pride in naming their Citizen of the Year.  The Council, made up of past recipients, seeks the true heroes of the community. To be considered the Council seeks people who have 1) a proven track record for outstanding service and dedication to Los Osos over a period of time. 2) Involvement in multiple community efforts to benefit Los Osos over, such as education, beautification, environment, service organizations, youth, seniors, churches, business, non-profits, conservation, politics, community service, etc. and 3) lives, works, or owns a business in Los Osos/Baywood Park. The Citizen of the Year Council, in conjunction with the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to

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Icy Conditions On Streets and Sidewalks


Extremely cold overnight temperatures could cause icy conditions on streets and sidewalks. Property owners are asked to turn off irrigation sprinklers next to sidewalks to help prevent ice from forming while the cold weather continues. The city also urges you to cover any outside pipes to prevent freezing or bursting overnight. If you have any questions regarding icy conditions, please contact the Public Works Department at 237-3873.

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110 People Arrested for DUI During Winter Crackdown


While there are still three days left in the enforcement period, so far 110 people have been arrested for DUI in Santa Barbara County during this year’s Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown. The arrests were a result of local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 12 DUI deployments in Santa Barbara County.  Last year’s Winter Holiday crackdown resulted in a total of 146 DUI arrests during the entire 20-day Winter Holiday Campaign period.  These DUI arrests were made by an officer from one of the 12 Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies and include drivers that were impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Tragically, CHP is investigating an alcohol/drug related traffic collision fatality which occurred in the Santa Maria area on the evening of December 28, 2014.

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CHP Urges Motorists to Drive Responsibly


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to start the New Year on the right path by celebrating responsibly. If the night’s events include alcohol, make the smart choice and designate a driver before the celebrating begins. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

“New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, signifying the beginning of a new year,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Start the New Year by doing the right thing: designate a sober driver or have a plan in place for a sober ride before the celebration starts.”

During last year’s New Y

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Man Recovering From Shark Attack


A local surfer Kevin Swanson of Morro Bay is home recovering after being attacked by a shark Sunday morning. Swanson was surfing with friends near Sand Spit beach in Montana de Oro State Park when a juvenile great white shark bit into his hip. He was airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he was released yesterday in good condition.

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CHP Identifies Woman Killed on Highway 101


The California Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed in a crash on Highway 101 south of Donovan Road in Santa Maria on Sunday as 25-year-old Ashley Kerr of Santa Maria. Kerr was a passenger in a Blazer driven by 22-year-oldTravis Dashek of Santa Maria. Dashek who was hauling a boat trailer, went off the right side of the highway, struck the sound wall and a large tree, and caught on fire. Dashek and another passenger, 21-year-old Kurt Hixenbaugh, of Santa Maria, were able to get out of the vehicle. They suffered major injuries. Dashek was been arrested. Alcohol and drugs may have contributed to the crash.

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