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Investigation into Death of UCSB Student

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a UCSB student whose body was found on Isla Vista beach last Saturday. The victim was identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler from Eureka, California. At approximately 7 a.m., a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below Del Playa Drive and called 911.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death, which will not be determined for several weeks. If anyone has information on this case, please contact the Isla Vista Foot Patrol at 805-681-4179.

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Two Fires on Central Coast

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Two fires happened in the Central Coast this past weekend. Paso Robles firefighters responded to a vegetation fire near Union Road yesterday at 12:18 p.m. The cause of the fire was a model rocket motor that was fired from Barney Schwartz Park. Firefighters held the fire to less than a quarter acre.

There was no loss of money or structure damage from the fire, and traffic on Highway 46 East was briefly impacted by smoke. Traffic on Highway 101 was impacted by the second fire, a roadside grass fire near San Luis Bay. Cal Fire received multiple calls Saturday afternoon around 2 about the fire, and firefighters found flames spreading toward residences. The fire was held to 7 acres, although it had th Read More »

Jerry Brown Visits the SLO County Superintendent of Schools

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Governor Jerry Brown came to the San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools office last Thursday to meet with the 10 district superintendents. Brown wanted to know how the county is progressing in developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), dealing with the increased authority to make budget decisions under the new funding formula, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards testing which is being conducted  a pilot basis this year. In all three areas, the general response locally was positive and supportive of his efforts to assist in closing the achievement gap. 

County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker felt that Brown was genuinely interested Read More »

Suspicious Death of Solvang Woman

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspicious death of a Solvang woman. The woman, Heidi Good, died in her home in March 2013. Information about her death has not been released due to the nature of the situation and ongoing investigation. Detectives are asking for help. If you have any information that may help, contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at (805) 681-4171.
 

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DUI Suspect Crashes Into House

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A driver suspected of DUI collided into a house at the intersection of Bougainvillea and Hollyhock. San Luis Obispo police say that the driver, Branden Paulson was driving on Hollyhock when he didn’t turn left at Bougainvillea, where Hollyhock came to a dead-end. He then crashed into a garage on Bougainvillea. Paulson fled the scene on-foot, but police found him and arrested him for DUI and hit-and-run. He is now in San Luis Obispo County Jail. The residents of the home were not present at the time of the incident.

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SLO Bars Are Asked to End Graduation Tradition

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Downtown San Luis Obispo bars are being asked to end a longtime Cal Poly graduation tradition. Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx wrote a letter to the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to request that all downtown bars wait until after 9:00 a.m. to serve alcohol on graduation weekend.

The bar crawl tradition for Cal Poly graduates is where students and their family members to go to the bars at 6:00 a.m. before the graduation ceremony. Humphrey and Marx say in the letter that Cal Poly has seen an increase in the number of students that are "intoxicated, disruptive, and disrespectful during commencement ceremonies, Cal Pol Read More »

SB Man Arrested for 26 Cases of Vandalism

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Santa Barbara police arrested a Santa Barbara man for 26 cases of graffiti vandalism in Santa Barbara. Nineteen-year-old Eduardo Robert Aguilar was arrested yesterday after serving a search warrant at his home on West Alamar Avenue. Detectives were able to link Aguilar to the graffiti due to police finding sketches in a notebook discovered when police searched his car in December.

The police searched his car because someone reported his vehicle as suspicious, and police found him to be in possession of marijuana. The sketches in the notebook resembled some of the graffiti crimes committed. After searching his home, police arrested Aguilar, who they say admitted to committing the acts of vandalism. Read More »

Hospital Patients Arrested for Attacking Staff

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Three Atascadero State Hospital patients were arrested Wednesday for attacking staff. At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, two patients tried to provoke other patients by shoving furniture. The pair was then joined by a third patient when they charged at hospital employees who tried to intervene. Hospital police officers had to end the incident by pepper spraying the patients. Four employees and the three patients were injured. Two hospital police officers reported suffered serious injuries, including two broken ribs and a possible torn muscle. The three patients, identified as 34-year-old Justin Gause, 23-year-old Jacob Sloan, and 35-year-old Harley Fisher were arrested for conspiracy, assault, battery Read More »

Possible Bike Trail Between SLO and Morro Bay

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The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is looking into creating a bike trail between SLO and Morro Bay. The trail is proposed to start near Cal Poly, go through Cuesta and finish in Morro Bay. The proposal is supported by the SLO County Bicycle Coalition, Cuesta, and Cal Poly. The feasibility of making the trail is being studied through a grant by the Federal Scenic Byway Grant, and the study will be presented to the SLOCOG board in September. The trail is estimated to cost around $11 million.

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Driver Suspected of DUI Arrested

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Santa Maria police arrested a suspected DUI driver yesterday after a two-vehicle collision occurred at around 8:20 p.m. Police reports say that Carmelo Vasquez was driving on Main Street in a green 1996 Honda Accord, ran a red light, and turned onto Pine Street in the path of a gold 2007 Chevy pickup. The Chevy crashed into the Honda. A 22-year-old Oxnard woman, a passenger in the Honda, was airlifted to a hospital with moderate to severe injuries. A three-month-old baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released to Child Welfare Services. No one in the Chevy was injured. Vasquez was arrested for felony DUI and child endangerment and is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail.

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