Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Chase for Stolen Vehicle Ends Peacefully

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The California Highway Patrol chased after a stolen vehicle yesterday. Police followed the car on Highway 47 it until they were able to stop it on Paseo Ladera Lane in San Luis Obispo County. The driver was identified as 41-year-old Angel Herrera III, who was a wanted parolee with a handgun and body armor.

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Motorcyclist in ICU After Accident

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A motorcyclist is in the Intensive Care Unit after being hit by an SUV yesterday morning at 9:45. A 26-year-old female rider was riding her motorcycle at the intersection of Sacramento and Capitolio when the 47-year-old Arroyo Grande driver of an SUV didn’t yield the right of way to her and resulted in an accident. The motorcycle rider was transported to Sierra Vista hospital and is in stable condition but the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. The driver of the SUV did not show any signs of impairment and was released at the scene.

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Car Crashes into Nucci’s Pizza Restaurant

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Ambulance-DrivingA car crashed into Nucci's Pizza Restaurant in San Luis Obispo yesterday at 3:45 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. The driver was trying to park when her foot got caught between the pedals, causing her to press on the gas. Her car jumped the cement parking barrier, and crashed into the front window of the restaurant. An unidentified Los Osos woman inside the restaurant was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries from the window's shattered glass. The driver was not injured, and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
 

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Goleta Woman Leaves Baby Unattended in Car

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A Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charge after leaving her nine-month-old son unattended in a hot car.  A passerby at Magnolia Shopping Center saw the baby alone in the car buckled in its car seat and called 911.  Even though the back windows were slightly rolled down, the temperature was about 95 degrees. The baby was taken out of the car safely and in good condition.  The baby was released back to the mother with a referral to Child Welfare Services. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents to never leave a child in the car unattended on a hot day, as it causes the child to rapidly overheat and can have deadly results. 

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Lompoc Fire 90% Contained

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The San Miguelito vegetation fire has burned about 832 acres and caused $862,000 in damage since it started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on San Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. The fire is about 90% contained. More than 500 firefighters spent the night containing the fire. Santa Barbara County Fire hopes to have the fire completely contained by this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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Atascadero Citizen of the Year and former real estate developer Kelly Gearhart pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal court in Los Angeles to fraud and money laundering charges after scamming investors of up to $20 million. Gearhart, currently living in Wadsworth, Ohio, accepted a plea agreement in which he plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Prosecutors are going to seek a federal prison sentence of more than 11 years and restitution be paid to his victims.

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SLO Sheriff’s Deputies Search for Bear

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San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a bear last seen near Nipomo Regional Park. The bear, which according to KSBY is described as a large, chocolate-covered black bear, was first seen Wednesday morning near Tejas Place. Deputies went to a school near the bear sighting to protect elementary school kids.  The Fish and Game warden recommends bringing garbage cans inside overnight and not to leave pet food outside in order to keep bears away.

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Wine Festival Begins Today

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The 32nd annual Paso Robles Wine Festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. The festival celebrates everything the Paso Robles wine region offers, featuring special tastings, seminars, and more than 130 winery events. Saturday is the grand tasting. Paso Robles Downtown City Park will have wines from more than 60 wineries for tasting. Tickets are available at pasowine.com.

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Brush Fire in Lompoc

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A vegetation fire broke out in Lompoc yesterday around 1:30 p.m. on San Miguelito Canyon Road. About 700 acres have been burned. Reverse 911 calls had gone out to 1200 homes and businesses as well as numerous evacuation orders. Some evacuated residents can return to their homes, but there is still a mandatory evacuation order for people south of Willow Road. The fire is about 50% contained, with no property damage or injuries so far. A shift in the wind caused the fire to move towards Highway 1, causing Highway 1 to be closed for the day.

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Drug Raid in Arroyo Grande

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An Arroyo Grande drug raid led to the arrests of eight people last Thursday at around 7 a.m. on Sunset Drive. Police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cash at the Arroyo Grande home. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to electrical issues and other hazards. Thirty-nine-year-old David Blashaw was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and methamphetamine, 20-year-old Haley Dockstader was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and bringing a controlled substance into jail, 39-year-old Dani Niemas was arrested for possessing heroin for sales, 30-year-old Kara Jeffords was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, 33-year-old Matt Jeffers was arrested for possessing heroin Read More »

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