Monday, April 27th, 2015

Local News

Car Burglary Leads to High Speed Pursuit


On 10-2-14, SLO County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of a car burglary in progress in the parking lot at the base of Bishop Peak on Foothill Boulevard near San Luis Obispo. A witness was able to give a description of the suspect’s vehicle, a white Dodge pickup truck, and Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Coast Station observed the vehicle at approximately 8:20 AM traveling on Los Osos Valley Road near Los Osos. Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit began. The pursuit continued through Los Osos to northbound Highway 1, through Morro Bay before the suspect turned eastbound on Highway 41. With the assistance of CHP and Atascadero Police, that road was closed and spike strips were deployed. The vehicle was disa

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Suspect in Custody on Charges of Raping UCSB Student


 A suspect is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of raping a 19-year-old University of California Santa Barbara student on October 1, 2014 at a fraternity house in Isla Vista.  23-year-old Victor Farias, of Salinas, was arrested later that day following an investigation by Sheriff’s deputies with the Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP).
The investigation began at approximately 6:45 a.m. on October 1 when the victim came into IVFP and reported that she had been raped by the suspect at a fraternity house located in the 800 block of Fortuna Lane in Isla Vista.  Farias was reportedly visiting a friend who was a fraternity brother at the house.

Sheriff’s deputies through the course of their investigation were able to identify Farias as the suspect.  At

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Arroyo Grande City Manager Announces Resignation


Steve Adams, the embroiled city manager of Arroyo Grande, has announced his resignation as soon as his replacement is found. According to Adams who wrote a lengthy letter to members of the press said he could no longer be effective in his role following the fallout from his July 3rd escapade with another city employee.  Despite Adam’s announcement, an independent investigation into the incident will continue.

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Officials Investigate Cause of Fire


Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire on the 1400 block of Torro Creek Road near Morro Bay which partially destroyed a barn, a carport, and a nearby home. It happened early yesterday morning. The people inside the house got out of the home.

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Suspect in Custody for Killing Cyclist


A suspect is in custody for allegedly running down and killing a bicyclist in Arroyo Grande yesterday morning on Los Berros Road. Michelle Hart from Arroyo Grande was arrested after she left the scene. The unidentified cyclist died of head injuries. Hart, who is 45, was booked into county jail and is facing felony DUI and hit and run charges.

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Phase II of Atascadero Lake Sediment Removal Project


The City of Atascadero is very pleased to announce that work will begin on Phase II of the Atascadero Lake Sediment Removal Project on Monday, October 6th.  Residents will notice increased truck traffic, flagmen and intermittent road closures on Lakeview Drive and on Templeton Road during the project, and are asked to use caution. As a result of the ongoing drought, Atascadero Lake has completely dried up, and sediment that has been building up for decades is now exposed.  The sediment build-up has, in recent years, made the lake shallower, warmer and nitrogen rich, which has resulted in severely degraded water quality, along with periodic fish die-offs caused by algae blooms which consume oxygen. One benefit of the drought is that it provides the City with an opportunity to have

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IRS Issued a Consumer Alert


The Internal Revenue Service has issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information.
The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

Such incidences have been reported in San Luis and Santa Barbara counties.

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PG&E to Host Community Open House


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will host a community open house at its Energy Education Center to share and discuss the results of its recent advanced seismic studies report concerning Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Thursday, October 2, 2014. Session One will occur from 2:30- 4:00 pm; Session Two from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the PG&E Energy Education Center, 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo.

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Missing Person Located and Taken to Hospital


The search for a missing, at risk, Carpinteria resident has ended.  At approximately 6:10 last night an MTD bus driver called 911 when he recognized Sky Robison at the bus stop located at Carrillo and Chapala streets in the city of Santa Barbara.  Sheriff’s deputies responded and were assisted by the Santa Barbara Police Department. Robison was located and transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

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Jerry Brown Signs Legislation to Help Rising Costs at State Hospitals


Governor Jerry Brown has signed two pieces of legislation by local Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian to reduce the violence in our state hospitals and help with rising costs at our state hospitals. One measure, Assembly Bill 1340, was a part of a two-year negotiation between hospital workers, patient advocates, and the administration. This bill will create Enhanced Treatment Programs at each state hospital to provide more individualized treatment to the patients that are most at risk for violence. According to the Department of State Hospitals, 92 percent of the patient population in the state hospital system last year was admitted as the result of a forensic commitment, some of which were violent in nature. “My legislation is critical in reducing the growing amount of violence that is

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