Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Strong Northwest Winds and Near Critical Humidity Expected Today

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According to the National Weather Service, strong northwest to north winds and near critical humidity levels are expected today and into this evening.  A dry cold front is expected to push across the region today. North winds should increase today along the western Santa Ynez range toward Gaviota. As the front pushes southward, expect northwest to north winds to increase across all areas by this afternoon.

The strongest winds are expected to occur in the mountains of the Santa Barbara County south coast today through this evening as high pressure builds across the district. Gusts to 60 mph or higher will be possible below canyons of the Santa Ynez range near Montecito mainly l Read More »

Man Who Stole Cake Will Not Be Charged

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On February 8, at 11:47 p.m. a subject entered the Madonna Inn Coffee Shop and stole a chocolate cake from the display case. Security cameras captured the burglary and the owner of Madonna Inn, Connie Madonna-Pearce posted the security video on Facebook. She asked that anyone who recognizes the suspect to please call the Madonna Inn.  A Facebook user did recognize the suspect and called the Madonna Inn. The Facebook user identified the suspect as Shea Martin to Pearce-Madonna.

A San Luis Obispo Police Officer then obtained a recent county jail booking photo of Martin and compared it to the cake burglary video. The officer was able to positively identify Martin in the video and learned that Read More »

Police Chief Announced Retirement

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After a distinguished, 30-year law enforcement career, Police Chief Jeffrey V. Norton, who has led the Pismo Beach Police Department since 2009, has announced plans to retire, effective July 29th, 2014.

As Chief, Jeff Norton directed a staff of 34, including 23 sworn officers, managed a budget of more than $5 million, and retained the department’s nationally accredited status for 9 years.

When reflecting on his career Chief Norton said, “I will be forever thankful for the support the community has shown me and the police department.  At the end of the day, a police department can only be as effective as the strong community support it receives.  While Read More »

Residential Structure Fires This Morning

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This morning at 12:32 a.m., two companies of Paso Robles Firefighters and one Battalion Chief responded to a residential structure fire at 842 Red Cloud in Paso Robles. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the single family residence at 842 Red Cloud fully involved in fire and the fire extending to the residence at 844 Red Cloud. Firefighters advanced fire ... Read More »

Homemade Fireworks Found to be Cause of Loud Boom Sunday Night

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Morro Bay police have discovered the cause of a loud boom Sunday night at the Dynegy Power Plant. On Monday morning, police found a device appearing to be homemade fireworks. The device, made in part out of a Diet Coke case, was found in a parking lot owned by Dynegy, right next to the power plant. Police think this was ... Read More »

Police Identified Bus Driver Who Suffered Heart Attack Driving

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Police have identified the bus driver who suffered a heart attack driving an Amtrak bus last Friday while crossing the Santa Maria Bridge about 7:10. He is 42-year-old Grodon Chadwick from Los Osos. Two women on the bus moved Chadwick from his seat and stopped the bus from grazing the center concrete divider and the rail guard. Chadwick was pronounced ... Read More »

Boat Believed to Have Smuggled Marijuana Crashes

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Authorities say a boat believed to have been used to smuggle thousands of pounds of marijuana crashed at Garrapata State Beach in Big Sur.  The 36-foot panga boat was found on the beach Saturday morning, and a 35-pound bale of marijuana was found hidden in some bushes nearby.  Customs officials estimated several hundred bales of pot had been off-loaded from ... Read More »

Stabbing in Paso Robles

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On Thursday, February 13, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from Twin Cities Community Hospital regarding a 29 year old male patient that had arrived with a stab wound to his torso. The wound required emergency surgery and the victim is currently listed in stable condition. Through investigation, Officers determined that the incident occurred ... Read More »

Kidnapping Report Was Unfounded

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On Friday, February 14, at approximately 10:23 a.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from staff at Daniel Lewis Middle School, 900 Creston Road, reporting a kidnapping which had just occurred. The reporting party was a juvenile witness who told school staff that she believed her juvenile friend had been kidnapped from in front of the school. This ... Read More »

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team Helped Find 6 Hikers

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team helped locate six hikers yesterday, February 15, near Mission Canyon in Santa Barbara.  The six Chinese students, who currently live in Santa Barbara and attend Santa Barbara City College and the University of California, Santa Barbara went for a hike near the popular "Seven Pools" area above the city of Santa ... Read More »

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