Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Local News

Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrian


On October 11, 2014 just after 8 PM an Atascadero Police Officer was in the area of Morro Rd and Atascadero Ave just after a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle in the roadway. Emergency personnel responded and arrived on scene a short time later. Personnel from the Atascadero Fire Department and the San Luis Ambulance Company determined the pedestrian had succumbed to his injuries from the collision and was deceased. Members of the Atascadero Police Department Traffic Unit conducted an investigation and determined the pedestrian had unlawfully entered the roadway and was struck by a vehicle. The deceased was identified as Dennis Quick, 62 years of age, of Atascadero.

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Fire Prevention Week Underway


With national Fire Prevention Week underway, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Fire Safe Council of San Luis Obispo today announced a partnership to help reduce the risk of wildfire in San Luis Obispo County. During an event at the Mt. Lowe communications site near Cuesta Pass, PG&E provided $163,500 to the council to support needed fuel reduction, infrastructure protection and defensible space projects throughout the county. The effort is part of a larger system-wide $5.5 million private, public and community partnership PG&E is funding throughout Northern and Central California aimed at preventing even more fires from sparking during the traditional September-October peak of California wildfire season.

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Four People Arrested for Discharging Firearms with Gross Negligence


Yesterday at approximately 3:27 AM officers from the Atascadero Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 11000 block of Halcon Road regarding numerous shots being heard in the area. The shots were described as being in rapid succession and possibly from a rifle. Officers arrived on scene as the shots were still being fired. Officers could hear the rounds impacting something nearby as they were being fired. The officers believed they were being fired at by the suspect(s). Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol responded to assist and a perimeter was established on the suspected residence. Members of the Atascadero Police Department’s Investigative Unit were notified and responded to the scene as well.

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IRS Phone Scam


Yesterday a Los Osos resident received a call from a male subject reporting himself to be with the IRS. He told the victim they had a warrant for their arrest and they needed to submit money in order to recall the warrant. A second male subject later called representing himself to be an “officer with the Sheriff’s Office” as he confirmed the statements made by the previous caller. In addition to the statement by the suspects as being affiliated with the Sheriff’s Office, the caller ID on the victims telephone displayed a telephone number utilized by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the public that all calls of this nature are scams. Under no circumstances should anyone remit money or con

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Carpinteria Man Arrested for Child Pornography


A 24-year-old Carpinteria resident is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of child pornography. Sheriff’s detectives arrested Giovanni Gonzalez at his Carpinteria residence on October 7, 2014 following an investigation and a search warrant.  Gonzalez was found to be in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography. The investigation into Gonzalez began on September 23, 2014 when the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau received notification from reports generated through the Los Angeles Area Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (LA-ICAC) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline Report. The reports indictated that the suspect’s Internet Protocol (IP) address was located in Santa Barbara

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Trail Restoration Sponsored by Veterans Outreach


30 local military veterans and family members are set to participate in a trail restoration day sponsored by Veterans Outreach and City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department at Irish Hills hiking trail on Saturday, October 11. Participants will meet at the Madonna Road trailhead (West end of Madonna Road) at 9 a.m. to help on tasks such trail maintenance, restoring vegetation, and building bridges during this opportunity for our veterans to remain connected as a valued group in the greater community of San Luis Obispo County.

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Freeway Lane Shut Down All Night Due to Accident


The slow lane of Northbound 101 is open. The freeway was shut down all night at 101 and South Higuera Street because of a big rig accident. Traffic headed north was heavy and stop and go during the commute backing up as far back as Avila Beach Drive. CHP and Caltrans are checking on the integrity of the bridge which passes over S. Higuera. No injuries were reported. The accident is under investigation.

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Deadly Motorcycle Accident


A Santa Margarita man riding a motorcycle was killed yesterday morning after he lost control of his bike after passing a vehicle in the Creston area. The 56-year-old rider crashed on Huer Huero Road, about three miles south of State Route 58 when the accident occurred. The man, who has yet to be identified, died of head injuries.

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Atascadero Announces Funding From CCHE


The City of Atascadero is very happy to announce that, with additional grant funding received from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), a state entity tasked with preserving and protecting California cultural heritage, the City is now able to move forward with the final project related to the restoration of the Historic City Hall building, the exterior lighting project.

Atascadero’s City Hall building was severely damaged in the San Simeon Earthquake of 2003; restoration of the historic building was completed in 2013, with the exception of the planned exterior lighting project due to lack of funding at the time.

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Burglary in Templeton Results in Arrest and Recovery of Stolen Property


Last Sunday, SLO County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary report in the 5900 block of El Pomar Drive in Templeton. During the course of the investigation, a witness was able to provide a vehicle and suspect description. The next day, on 9-29-14, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an attempted burglary in the 7000 block of Creston Road in rural Paso Robles. The victim in that case confronted the suspect who disavowed any knowledge of a burglary and reportedly told the victim his wife had sent him to that location “to buy some puppies.” The victim in this case was able to provide Deputies with the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. On 9-30-14, Deputies and Detectives were able to locate the suspect at the Black Mountain RV Park i

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